Thursday, January 17, 2013

Matt Stokes: "Social Sound" Kunstinitiatief VHDG, The Netherlands

Matt Stokes 'Jubilee Dancer', 2011, 16mm film with audio, Duration 01:30 minutes, looped, edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proofs (MS0053), Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery

Social Sound

Kunstinitiatief VHDG

January 5th - February 16th, 2013
Blokhuispoort, Leeuwarden

Social Sound / Art about music and what life sounds like

The art initiative VHDG presents Social Sound, an exhibition and performance program about the social function of music. Social Sound takes place from the 5th of January until the 16th of February 2013 and illustrates how artists investigate the social role of music. The central location is a former prison, De Blokhuispoort, in Leeuwarden. Additional projects will be launched in the city centre.

Social Sound presents existing and new work of Dutch and international artists, including:
Jeremy Deller (GB)
Matt Stokes (GB)
David First (USA)
Merlijn Twaalfhoven (NL)
Ferhat Özgür (TR)
Steven Jouwersma (NL)
Mediengruppe Bitnik (CH)
Marijn van Kreij (NL)
Katarina Zdjelar (SRB)
Bouke Groen (NL)
Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (FI)
Elke Uitentuis & Nienke Jansen (NL)
Toon Fibbe (NL)
The Little Sisters of Gay Mutton (NL)
Elena Bajo (ES)

The exhibited works examine issues that are present in society today, showing how artists interact and question the role that music plays in these matters.

During the exhibition visitors can also visit the Sonic Restaurant of David First where people will be served sound. The unconventional concert adventure "The Air We Breathe" of Merlijn Twaalfhoven will be performed in the cellblock of the monumental prison. A newly established Complaints Choir in Leeuwarden, a project of Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, will give complaining Leeuwardeners a new voice. These projects are complemented by a program of lectures, workshops, concerts and other activities in the public realm.

More information (in Dutch) is to be found at

Visiting hours
January 5th - February 16th 2013.
Monday – Saturday 12 - 5 PM

Visitor information
VHDG, Social Sound
Voormalig gevangenis De Blokhuispoort
Blokhuisplein 40
8911 LJ Leeuwarden

Admission free

Kunstinitiatief VHDG

Social Sound // Art about music and what life sounds like
05.01 - 16.02 2013
Blokhuispoort Leeuwarden