SONIC CELL seeks ways to conquer city spaces. We find our locations in parking areas in residential streets, where, according to traffic regulations (STVO §76), no permit is required for temporary and private use.
COVID-19 has suddenly shown us all how valuable nearby public space is. During the 2020 lockdown, visits to the museum and concert events were hardly possible. Gatherings suddenly became a big problem. Of necessity, one’s own neighborhood turned into the new most popular holiday destination with picnics in the park or bike tours around the city’s districts. Even if such drastic measures will no longer be necessary in 2021, the appreciation of the proximate residential environment remains current, as the pandemic fades out. Parallel to that, we have been asking ourselves even before the pandemic, how art can be presented outside familiar places such as concert halls and stages, and which synergies are to be created with our respective urban and natural environments.
czirp czirp – sonic and experimental arts, together with HAZE – transdisciplinary audio-visual arts and technologies (Conny Zenk) and the sound designer and composer Gustavo Petek (smallforms), is developing a mobile infrastructure for experimental music and sound art. It makes it possible to transform urban spaces into temporary venues for multi-channel compositions in a short time.
SONIC CELL aims to activate neighborhoods and tap into a new audience by delivering art to their doorstep. Despite COVID-19 regulations, however, we recognize that there is more space for art and culture in the city than expected. From our so far experience with unusual performance venues for music(s), czirp czirp sees both, the potential for musicians to leave their usual habitat, and a moment of discovery for the audience, which is introduced to something new. We want to promote this dialogue.
Through the pandemic, we understood the need for outdoor infrastructures that allow contemporary electronic artists to perform concerts in public spaces during the summer months. Furthermore, these performances will reach a new public outside the subcultural scenes and possibly inspire artists to explore new artistic formats.
This project is realized in collaboration with media artist Conny Zenk who works at the intersections of performance, video and sound art in the context of urban architecture and planning. Since 2009, she has developed numerous performances in public space in cooperation with performers, musicians and visual artists.
In 2021, she founded HAZE – transdisciplinary audio-visual arts and technologies.