January 23, 2012
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From the Sonic Acts website:
Time is a complex and ambiguous concept. Relativity theorists and quantum mechanics have tinkered with the seemingly unambiguous concept of time since the beginning of the previous century. Art, film and music make abstract notions of time tangible and comprehensible, and manipulate how we experience it. The ongoing development and implementation of technology constantly challenge, change and undermine our perception of time. Communication networks function at the speed of light, and computers process data in real time, without human intervention. The rapid advances in technology are creating a gap between 'machine time' and 'human time'. Travelling Time is a quest to reveal the significance and the intricacies of time and how we experience it.
Travelling Time examines the need for speed when performing improvised music, and the unavoidable amount of time that is spent programming or constructing an artwork, as well as time travel and how art can be a vehicle for imaginary journeys. The four-day festival brims with performances, lectures, exhibitions and presentations that intensify the experience of time.
In addition to the musicians and artists such as Catherine Christer Hennix, Michael Pisaro, Mark Fell and Pauline Oliveros, the conference is also an opportunity for academics and philosophers to share their thoughts and ideas. George Dyson - whose new book, Turing's Cathedral, will be published in early 2012 - talks about computer time; Siegfried Zielinski discusses his theories relating to Deep Time and Variantology; Hillel Schwartz talks about noise and time - his 1000-page Making Noise. From Babel to the Big Bang and Beyond has just been published; John Geiger discusses extreme mental and physical experiences; and David Edgerton dives into the history of technology and expounds on 'the Shock of the Old'.