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22 May 2014

Beethovenstiftung Bonn: Festival bonn hoeren 2014 - urban sound art

Akio Suzuki at grundklang bonn Foto: Carsten Seiffarth bonn hoeren

FESTIVAL bonn hoeren 2014 - urban sound art
12th - 22nd June 2014
Beethovenstiftung Bonn


Festival bonn hoeren 12. - 22 . June 2014
urban sound art
sound installations, artistic works, performances, presentations, symposium, lectures, exhibitions
13. June exhibition opening Maryanne Amacher Intelligent Life Bonner Kunstverein
20. June 16:00 open air concert - Bonn Muensterplatz:. city symphony bonn

Vera Firmbach

Beethovenstiftung Bonn
Weberstr. 59a
53113 Bonn

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A unique international festival for urban sound art will take place from the 12th to the 22nd of June in Bonn. Over this time, the thematic ideas of the first four years of bonn hoeren will be condensed and developed further both artistically and discursively. For the duration of the festival, Bonn will be transformed into a vast platform for artistic production and presentation, discussion and intermediation of sound art and music in public spaces. At the same time the entire population of the city will experience a singular celebration of sound!
On the 13th of June two exhibitions will be opened: 'Sites & Sounds' in the gkg , as well as Maryanne Amacher: 'Intelligent Life' at the Bonner Kunstverein.

On the second weekend, from the 19th to the 22nd of June 2014, an international symposium, open to the public, exploring and extending theoretical and practical discourse on the subject of sound art and the city will take place at various locations in Bonn.

In the evenings Erwin Stache, Sam Auinger & Bruce Odland, To Rococo Rot, Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, and Miki Yui among others will present their city-specific concerts and performances.

In addition to the numerous sound installations throughout the city, a planned grand musical event is sure to be one of the artistic highlights of the festival: the stadtsinfonie bonn (city symphony bonn), performing site-specific compositions by Charles Ives, Wolfgang Mitterer and Alvin Curran. On the afternoon of the 20th of June, downtown Bonn will be transformed in to the scene of an enormous open-air concert, with hundreds of participants – professional and amateur – from the central Muensterplatz all the way down to the banks of the Rhine. For nearly four hours, the city will become a vast concert hall without walls!

In the scope of FESTIVAL bonn hoeren 2014, groups of students of architecture and sound art from diverse institutions will also collaborate under the guidance of renowned sound artists and scholars and conduct research in Bad Godesberg, Beuel and the Nordstadt, developing projects and performing creative interventions on site.