tuned city | ancient messene 1-3 June: the programme is out!

The program of this edition of Tuned City is organized as one constant stream of talks, performances and  presentations. There are no parallel events unless overlaps are part of the intended dramaturgy. Nevertheless, some events might happen unannounced or even unnoticed – pay attention! The installations running permanently for the whole event 1.-3. June, 10:00 – 19:00. Some of them will have performative activations or link with presentation moments in to the program. The Acts of Listening group will circle around Tuned City like a satellite, injecting, adding, commenting, extending, blurring, questioning and challenging the proceedings. 

To read more about Tuned City | Ancient Messene 2018 click here.

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DAY 1_Listening Politics_1/6

DAY 2_Media Matters_2/6

DAY 3_Spectral Ambiences_3/6


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Installations running permanently from 10:00-19:00 1-3 June 2018

All installations are new commissions for this edition of Tuned City and have been developed and produced specifically for the context of the sites of Ancient Messene and the village of Mavromati. Due to the very site-specific nature of the projects and the unique conditions of the historical environment, some projects and ideas may vary somewhat in regard to their appearance, contents or location during the actual on-site development process.

The installations are running permanently for the duration of the event, from June 1st to June 3rd, 10:00 to 19:00 hrs. Some of the projects have performative activations or link with presentation moments into the proceedings.

-viewfinder | Alexandros Drymonitis

-Osmosis/Migrations | Vicky Bisbiki

-Listening Across 5000 Miles and 4000 Years! | Shannon Mattern

-Dom-ino Vibrations | Cristian Espinoza & René Rissland

-The Tresury  | Steve Bates

-TETRAKTYS | Jens Brand

-Sounding Temple |  Panos Amelidis 

-soundscapes | Andreas Töpfer 

-Limbo | Paul Gründorfer 

-Act as fate wills, destruction comes | Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt

-hardware | Yann Leguay

-Black Anthenna | Gilles Aubry & Natalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro

-The Afters | Martin Howse and Jamie Allen

-Agora Circuit | Raviv Ganchrow

-Resonant Geometries | John Grzinich

-A performance in different acts  | BMB con. -Justin Bennett and Roelf Toxopeus 



-Spiegelung 2 | Mario de Vega

-acts of listening



Day 1_ 01/6 "Listening Politics"

‘Listening Politics’ is departing from the human voice, the articulation of thought, the soliloquy oral histories, and the use and misuse of language. It strives to delve into systems of power and law, the production of space through social interaction and the constitution of the political by way of negotiating interests: from disembodied voices and voiceless bodies, intentional hearing – being close, immersed or taking distance. From speaking to an audience and listening as an energetic act, sketching the layout and sensing the limitations and borders, aiming thus to the very structures of a city of discourse.

Chair: Lucia Farinati 


10:00 – 13:30 / Theater

10:00-10:30 Introduction


15:00-18:00 / Theater


Written in the formations of landscape, constantly transformed by geological activities and forces of weather – settlements have grown by need or will. Typologies between imagined or forgotten pasts. Analogue filter storage systems. Oscillating between natural media, manufactured, engineered, constructed – ruined, grained down consistently by natural processes and decay to small particles, becoming something else or sediment again. Excavated, read, analysed, transcribed, decoded, preserved, filed, mediated and forgotten: This day listens to issues of materiality and interpretation, archeology and beyond.

Chair: Prof. Eric Lewis 


10:00 – 13:30 / Ekklesiasterion

10:00-11:00_Archaeology as Cultural Identity: Branding Greekness | Prof. Dimitris Plantzos 

11:00-11:30_Remarks on the Architecture of the Ancients | noid 

11:30-12:00_Space, Sound and the Law: From Solon to Xenakis – the Greek Entanglements of Spatial, Sonic and Human Law | Prof. Eric Lewis 

12:30-13:30_Agora Circuit | Raviv Ganchrow


15:00 – 18:30 /Ekklesiasterion

15:00-15:45_Sounding Ruins | Dr. Michael Gallagher 

16:00-16:30_Potamoi |  Els Viaene 

16:30-17:15_Resonant Geometries | John Grzinich 

17:15-18:00_Curated Decay: Arts of Losing, Noticing, Listening | Prof. Caitlin De Silvey 

18:00-18:30_Closing panel, all participants


20:00-21:45 /Ekklesiasterion

20:00-20:30_headcrash | Yann Leguay 

20:30-20:45_Magnetic Storms (SOLO for amplified Objects) | Hanna Hartman

20:45-21:15_Concierto Orientado a Objetos | Fernando Godoy


Day 3_03/6: "Spectral Ambiences"

Multiple invisible cities exist beyond and among its material layers. Dense mythologies and complex believe systems reinforce the respective findings, yet establish alternative narratives at the same time. Oracles, cults and rituals are of constituting presence for the atmosphere of the place. But measurable energies and detectable charges, conductive and piezoelectric potentials, radiations, air pressure fields and all sorts of related phenomena also inhabit a wide range of this spectrum. Listening and sensing as subjective practice and productive speculation culminate in the final instalment of this series, but by no means conclude it.

Chair: Marinos Koutsomichalis 


10:00 – 13:00 / Ekklesiasterion

10:00-11:15_Energies as Optic in the Arts and Music | Prof. Douglas Kahn 

11:15-11:45_The Afters | Shift Register - Marin Howse and Jamie Allen

11:45-12:15_The Tone of Prime Unity | Dr. Will Schrimshaw 

12:15-13:00_Nympholepsy | Yiorgis Sakellariou 


14:30 – 17:45 / Agora

14:30-15:15_Tactics against Antiquity: Contemporary Ancient Messene | Marinos Koutsomichalis 

15:15-15:45_Davul | Cevdet Erek

15:45-16:15_Staging Greek Tragedy in the Digital Era | Aggeliki Poulou

16:15-17:00_Closing Talk-Ancient Messene | Petros Themelis

17:00-17:45_Black Anthenna | Gilles Aubry and Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro 


19:00-20:00 / Mount Ithome

19:00-20:00_Black Seas Messene | Steve Bates, ILIOS, Nikos Veliotis 


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