Arie Altena

The Dark Universe, Sonic Acts XV

Edited by Arie Altena & Sonic Acts

For sale at the awesome Sonic Acts shop. Buy a copy.

Book for the 2013 Sonic Acts festival. I was the main editor, and contributed a number of interviews, a.o. with George Dyson, Gert-Jan Prins and Matthew Biederman.

The lavishly illustrated publication The Dark Universe is an accompaniment to and an extension of the fifteenth edition of Sonic Acts. The book includes essays by Andrew Pickering, Michael Doser, Roger Malina, Keller Easterling and Simon Ings, and extensive interviews with Saskia Sassen, Lebbeus Woods and artists such as CM von Hausswolff, HC Gilje, Matthijs Munnik and Gert-Jan Prins. The contributions discuss The Dark Universe theme from various perspectives -- from physics and astronomy via the arts and literature to the current state of our planet. Interspersed through the book are not only many illustrations, but also several visual essays by Mirna Belina, and Bitcaves.
The Dark Universe is edited by Arie Altena & Sonic Acts, published by Sonic Acts Press, and designed by Bitcaves.

334 pp., English text, illustrated.
euro 17,50


  • 4 Introduction by Arie Altena
  • 8 From the Darkroom by Mirna Belina
  • 34 Darkness Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder by Michael Doser
  • 42 The Search for Dark Matter by Anil Anathaswamy
  • 52 Supernova (Cassiopeia A) Interview with Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves by Arie Altena
  • 56 Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Big Data, Intimate Data by Roger F. Malina
  • 62 A Single Sky: Learning to See the Heavens through Radio by David P.D. Munns
  • 81 The Orbiting Gaze by Bitcaves
  • 89 Cybernetics and the Politics of the Dark Universe by Andrew Pickering
  • 109 The Ghost of the Sound Interview with CM von Hausswolff by Peter Bruyn
  • 118 Fray by Raviv Ganchrow
  • 132 Spectral Analysis Interview with Justin Bennett by Arie Altena
  • 138 Geographies of Flicker Interview with Matthijs Munnik by Arie Altena
  • 145 To Sway in Sound Interview with Yolanda Uriz Elizalde by Arie Altena
  • 151 Black and White by Simon Ings
  • 161 The Orbiting Gaze by Bitcaves
  • 169 Modulating Noise Interview with Gert-Jan Prins by Arie Altena
  • 182 The Perception of Colour Interview with Matthew Biederman by Arie Altena
  • 202 On the Black Universe in the Human Foundation of Colour by François Laruelle
  • 208 Time, Space, Speed, Motion Interview with HC Gilje by Nicky Assmann
  • 218 The Dark Digital Universe Interview with George Dyson by Arie Altena
  • 225 The Orbiting Gaze by Bitcaves
  • 233 In Search of the Lost Future by Omar Muñoz-Cremers
  • 242 Without Walls Interview with Lebbeus Woods by Geoff Manaugh
  • 257 Monuments of Smoke by Bitcaves
  • 265 Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell
  • 281 In the Shadow of its own Brilliant Light Interview with Saskia Sassen by Willem van Weelden
  • 292 Extrastatecraft by Keller Easterling
  • 300 Geographies of Avoidance by Bitcaves
  • 316 Unveiling a Dark Universe by Brigitte van der Sande
  • 328 Biographies
  • 334 Colophon
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