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Acts of Air: Reshaping the urban sonic – Launch event & Performance

16th July 2020 @ 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Decorative image - An orange pink sky with sky line silhouette of buildings

An online exhibition curated by Lisa Hall  


Launching on the 16 July 2020, with launch events at 9am BST & 8pm BST

Acts of Air invites you to reshape your urban sonic present by enacting 14 sound works directly in urban spaces. Each work proposes a sounding out, a performance, a site specific listening or engagement in the streets, under bridges, by water fountains and extractor fans. They offer a means to explore and interrogate our cities of sound.

While the urban is a seemingly fixed and impermeable place, the urban sonic is in the air, performed and enacted each day as we ride the buses, press the buttons and talk to one another. With these vibrations we can choose to re-voice, re-sound, re-hear and rebuild the urban sonic in new ways.

This online exhibition brings together artists from around the world. While the works are shaped by the sites and locations they were made in, including Porto Alegre, Santiago, Hong Kong, Manchester, Melbourne and Cairo, they can be enacted and activated anywhere around the globe. Through local participation the audience as performer can sound out the artists’ provocations and create new engagements with their own local urban. From global participation we can reveal our shared and different conditions of urbanity – the opportunity to hear new possibilities and togetherness through documentation, participation and trace of these art works.

Artists: Agnes Paz, Anna Lann, Anna Raimondo, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Catherine Clover, Cedric Maridet, Colin Priest, Jacek Smolicki, Julieanna Preston, Kate Brown, Raheel Khan, Vagné, Vitório O. Azevedo and Yara Mekawei.

Visit the exhibition here: acts-of-air.crisap.org


Launch Events:

Two launch events will be held online on 16 July 2020 BST. Launch one: 9.00 - 10.30 BST. Launch two: 20:00 - 21.30 BST. Please join us at either event that suits your timezone best (check BST here https://time.is/BST)

Join us and watch the live stream of these events on Youtube here

  • Both events will begin with a 10 minutes live online performance, RMP hums, choral, viral, directed by Julieanna Preston. You are invited to participate in this live online performance. To do so, sign up to the event on Eventbrite and you'll receive instructions in the confirmation email.
  • There will be a 5 minute live streaming pause before we reconnect with the second part of the event:
  • Talks by CRiSAP Director Cathy Lane, exhibition curator Lisa Hall and the artists: Agnes Paz, Anna Lann, Anna Raimondo, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Catherine Clover, Cedric Maridet, Colin Priest, Jacek Smolicki, Julieanna Preston, Kate Brown, Raheel Khan, Vagné, Vitório O. Azevedo and Yara Mekawei.


RMP hums, choral, viral

During this relational encounter we will absorb, sound, mimic and emulate the motor’s vibrations; to quiver, tremble, shudder, shiver and spasm as a complementary and counter-humming material body. The noise pollution produced by electric motors, an everyday irritant to urban life, is heightened by a deep hush emerging during various levels of pandemic isolation across the globe. Imagine the chorus of our collective effort wafting through latitudinal and longitudinal currents.

To participate, you will need:

  • The performance instructions - sign up to the event on Eventbrite to receive these in the confirmation email.
  • A mobile device with camera
  • Zoom meeting software downloaded, internet access
  • To be located at the site of an electric motor, device, appliance or system anywhere in your city at the time of the performance.

Duration: 15 minutes

Time & Date: 16 Jul 2020, 9.00 BST and 20.00 BST


To watch the launch event and performance, please tune into the live stream on Youtube.


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This event is part of

Un-Earthed: A  festival of listening and environment

A critical celebration of our relationships with the environments that we share with other people and other species.

An ongoing series of events inviting both serious and more playful interrogations of current sound and listening practices and how they might help us reconsider our evolving relationships with other species, the built environment, truth and each other.

Read more about Un-Earthed Festival here



16th July 2020
9:00 am - 8:00 pm




CRiSAP – Lisa Hall