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Vertical Cinema at Stedelijk was a great success!

Vertical Cinema at Stedelijk is over. The four days of sold out screenings in the Dan Flavin Hall of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and lectures by the renown speakers Erica Balsom, Bart Rutten, Noam Elcott and Philippe-Alain Michaud were a great experience, thanks to you, the visitors!

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Vertical Cinema: Expanded Lectures at Stedelijk

An additional programme of lectures by international speakers focuses on the history of vertical and other forms of expanded cinema and explores the future of audio-visual experiments. All lectures will be held in English, with the exception of the lecture by Bart Rutten on Sunday 23 February, which will be in Dutch.

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Call for volunteers!

Call for volunteers: we need your support to make Sonic Acts happen!
We offer invaluable experience, some goodies, and a great atmosphere. Apply by sending an email to

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Vertical Cinema at Stedelijk Amsterdam 20-23 February

20-23 February, Vertical Cinema will be on show in Stedelijk Amsterdam.

Early bird tickets for a reduced price now on sale at the Sonic Acts shop.

During the four days, expanded lectures & workshops will accompany the impressive screenings of the ten Vertical Cinema-works.

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Vertical Cinema: Synchronator Workshop at STEIM 21 Feb

Friday 21 Feb, the Synchronator workshop will take place at STEIM. The Synchronator device converts electronic audio signals into composite video signals.
Admission: € 20,00
Register via

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Lying on the floor during Vertical Cinema
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Very successful international premiere at IFFR

The international premiere of Vertical Cinema at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 24 January is a fact.

Last Friday, your enthusiasm and support was endless in a packed Arminius – twice! Thank you!

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Both IFFR-screenings sold out, come to Amsterdam 20-23 Feb

It is unbelievable but true: the second screening of Vertical Cinema during IFFR is also sold out.
The next screenings will take place 20 – 23 February at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Tickets will be available soon!

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Still of 'Colterrain' by Tina Frank

Great news: second screening during IFFR!

We’re happy to share the good news: there will be a second screening of Vertical Cinema on 24 January!
Tickets are available via IFFR – better get them quick!

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Sonic Acts presents: Vertical Cinema Screening at IFFR

On 24 January, the international premiere of Vertical Cinema will take place as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) at Arminius Rotterdam.

Vertical Cinema Screening
24 January 2014, 19:45
Arminius, Museumpark 3, Rotterdam

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Vertical Cinema Workshop in cooperation with Piet Zwart Institute & Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam

A special Vertical Cinema workshop organised by Sonic Acts in cooperation with Piet Zwart Institute and Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam will be hosted by V2_ and Piet Zwart Institute.

The two-day workshop, on 23 and 24 January, will feature lecture presentations by Tina Frank, Esther Urlus, and others.

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Vertical Performance at Mind The Gap Nights

COH & FRANK will present a new collaboration on 24 January in which video images are generated from sound output of the mixing board, in an entirely analogue transfer from sound to image as part of the Mind The Gap Nights, a collaboration between IFFR and Gonzo (Circus).

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Vertical Cinema Lecture ‘Up and Down the Shaft of Time’ by Erkki Huhtamo on 23 Jan

On Thursday 23 January, the day before the screening of Vertical Cinema, UCLA- professor Erkki Huhtamo will prelude the programme with the lecture “Up and Down the Shaft of Time: An Archeology of Verticality”. He will elaborate on verticality as a cultural phenomenon.
23 January, 19.00 hrs at LantarenVenster, Rotterdam

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Upcoming: Sonic Acts presents Space Debris: new year’s reception & book launch

On 18 January, Sonic Acts and Gonzo Circus would like to invite you to celebrate the start of a new year and the launch of the ‘The Dark Universe’ publication with us with an afternoon at De Balie Amsterdam about space debris. Reservation (required) via

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Ticket sale started! – International premiere of Vertical Cinema at IFFR 2014

The ticket sale for the international premiere of Vertical Cinema on 24 January 2014 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam has started.
The screening of the ten commissioned large-scale works will be accompanied by a lecture by Professor Erkki Huhtamo, live performances and a workshop in cooperation with Piet Zwart Institute and Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam.

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Vertical Cinema Cahier now available

Vertical Cinema is a unique project featuring a series of ten commissioned vertical films made in 2013 by internationally renowned experimental filmmakers and audiovisual artists. This monumental screening of their 35 mm vertical cinemascope films premiered at the 2013 edition of the Kontraste Dark As Light Festival, where Kontraste Cahier #3 was presented.

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