The Poetics of Space

Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology
Sonic Acts XIII

Edited by Arie Altena

The Poetics of Space: Sonic Acts XIII, Spatial Explorations in Art, Science, Music & Technology is a book I edited with help of the Sonic Acts team (Lucas van der Velden, Martijn van Boven, Nicky Assmann, Annette Wolfsberger, Gideon Kiers) on occasion of Sonic Acts XIII, 2010:

The interviews, essays and the image material in the publication Sonic Acts XIII, The Poetics of Space provide insights into the various approaches to spatiality by artists, composers, filmmakers and theorists. For The Poetics of Space Brandon LaBelle wrote a reflective and reflexive text on the voice and space: 'Voice Over'. Douglas Kahn's essay 'Long Sounds' discusses extremely long sound waves, volcano eruptions and Alvin Lucier. Erkki Huhtamo traces the fascinating history of dioramas in 'The Diorama Revisited'. The legendary Vortex concerts of Henry Jacobs and Jordan Belson are the subject of both Cindy Keefer's short historical account as well as a freer interpretative article by Trace Reddell. Eric Kluitenberg describes how mobile and location-aware technology profoundly changes the use of social and public space. Mitchell Whitelaw writes about the work of HC Gilje; the Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa about architecture and the senses; and Barry Truax about soundscape composition. Interviews with TeZ, Raviv Ganchrow, Edwin van der Heide, Daan Roosegaarde, Sonia Cillari, Marc Maurer, Taku Mizuta Lippit and Maryanne Amacher shed light on how contemporary artists approach space and spatiality. The book is richly illustrated and contains a number of autonomous image contributions as well as some historical material.

Edited by Arie Altena & Sonic Acts

Design by Femke Herregraven

Published by Sonic Acts Press, Paradiso 2010

256 pp., English text, illustrated

Interviews by Arie Altena with Raviv Ganchrow, Taku Mizuta Lippit, TeZ, Edwin van der Heide, Daan Roosegaarde, Marc Maurer.


  • 7 Introduction
  • 22 Voice Over by Brandon LaBelle
  • 33 Approaches to Space and Sound Interview with Raviv Ganchrow by Arie Altena
  • 51 Long Sounds by Douglas Kahn
  • 61 Extremities Maryanne Amacher in Conversation with Frank J. Oteri
  • 75 Soundscape Composition as Global Music: Electroacoustic Music as Soundscape by Barry Truax
  • 93 Space is Something that Arrives with the Sound Interview with Takuro Mizuta Lippit by Arie Altena
  • 99 Jordan Belson and the Vortex Concerts: Cosmic Illusions by Cindy Keefer
  • 105 E.A.T: Pepsi Pavilion
  • 111 Immersive Works for Complete Experiences Interview with TeZ by Arie Altena
  • 125 Cyborg Ritual and Sentic Technology in the Vortex Concerts by Trace Reddell
  • 137 A Spatial Language of Light and Sound Interview with Edwin van der Heide by Arie Altena
  • 149 The Hybrid Architectures of Iannis Xenakis by Elizabeth Sikiaridi
  • 161 Right Here, Right Now, HC Gilje’s Networks of Specificity by Mitchell Whitelaw
  • 169 Space is Body Centred Interview with Sonia Cillari by Annet Dekker
  • 179 Mental and Existential Ecology by Juhani Pallasmaa
  • 189 Diller + Scofidio: Blur Buildling
  • 199 Techno-poetry of Augmented Reality and Interactive Architecture Interview with Daan Roosegaarde by Arie Altena
  • 207 The Diorama Revisited by Erkki Huhtamo
  • 229 Pixel Architecture is Media Architecture Interview with Marc Maurer by Arie Altena
  • 237 The Poetics of Hybrid Space Changing Spatial Sensibilities and Ubiquitous Mediatization by Eric Kluitenberg
  • 249 Biographies
  • 253 Image Credits
  • 255 Colophon
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