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Exploring Altered States of mind through art, ritual and magic.

za 12 nov | GEBOUW |

A meditation workshop, music and many more!

15:00 | Studio | Concert, Mantras & Guided Meditation Workshop | Sri Chinmoy Centre 
16:30 | Kleine Zaal | Undular bore | Installation & Live Show | Maarten Keus
19:30 | Grote Zaal | Polyester (John Waters, 1981) | Cinema with Odorama by Frank Bloem
21:15 | Grote Zaal | Cooking the Cosmic Soup | Live Cinema performance | Vincent Moon

All Days
* Studio: Immersive Utopia | Art, VR and Installation by Sander Bos 
* Ketelhuis: Equilibrium | Art Installation by Joeri Bonsel, Josef Rebbe, Tom Giles, Henk Gunneman and Vince Vijsma
* Kleine Zaal: Undular bore | Installation by Maarten Keus


15:00 | Studio | Soulfulness Experience | Concert, Mantras & Guided Meditation Workshop | Vapushtara & Pradeep, Sri Chinmoy Centre 

Experience the soul stirring melodies of the world beyond within. Spiritual master Sri Chinmoy climbed the summits of consciousness in his meditations. He endeavored to share the Love and Light he experienced there through his music, poetry and art. Vapushtara and Pradeep are performing Chinmoy's melodies, accompanying you with harmonium and voice on a musical journey. Through guided meditation, mantras and visuals you will travel inward to bring forward the qualities of your soul.

You do not have to surrender to destiny. The power of destiny is limited.

The power of your soul is unlimited.

Be one – and remain one –

with your soul all the time.

Sri Chinmoy

Vapushtara & Pradeep have been studying meditation with Sri Chinmoy over twenty years and performed his music around the world.

16:30 | Kleine Zaal | Undular bore | Installation & Live Show | Maarten Keus

An abstract approach to laments in its trancelike state, as a way of processing the still to come, through the confrontation of its fear. Through movement, sonic elements, and acts of confronting fear this performance explores the painful truth of the inevitable possibility of losing our own mind or the mind of a loved one. It looks at this not through mourning but through processing and trying to find peace with the unknown, wherein it takes the undular bore as a poetic translation to the brain fog that can cloud the mind and make it fall into an amplifying feedback loop. It offers its audience to see fright as a narrative material, one that can, by experiencing collective, create a sense of comfort and catharsis. 

In its installational form, undular bore is focused on a more personal confrontation with fear, through enlarged poetic materialities and ever-changing unpredictable sonic space. It allows its audience to get comfortable with the almost naughty display of what not to do, as it is an ever-ongoing live instrument of light and sound.

Maarten Keus | Artist and performer 
Alexander Köppel | Sonic producer and performer 
Bjarte Wildeman | Body choreographer and performer
Lara Silva Santos | Performer 
Zeynep Oral | Performer

Maarten Keus (1994) is a mixed-media artist that is deeply fascinated by machines. With a research background within extreme and mundane rituals, he explores and researches human consciousness, emotions, and social behavior through technology-based installations and performance art. Fear, danger, and the catharsis found within can be seen as one of the main materials within the more recent installation / interactive works.

* After the show, the installation will stay in Kleine Zaal and will keep working autonomously as an art installation throughout the rest of the day.

19:30 | Diepe | The Open Loop | Live Sound Light Treatment | Co2RO & Julian Edwardes
See Thursday programme above.

19:30 | Grote Zaal | Polyester (John Waters, 1981) | Cinema with Odorama by Frank Bloem

For his first studio picture, "filth maestro" John Waters took advantage of his biggest budget yet to let his muse Divine sink her teeth into a role, unlike any the legendary Drag Queen played before: Baltimore housewife Francine Fishpaw, a heroine worthy of a Douglas Sirk melodrama. Blessed with a keen sense of smell and cursed with a philandering pornographer husband, a parasitic mother, and a pair of delinquent children, the long-suffering housewife turns to the bottle as her life falls apart—until deliverance appears in the form of a hunk named Todd Tomorrow (vintage heartthrob Tab Hunter). Enhanced with Odorama smell-technology that enables you to sniff along with Francine, Polyester is one of Waters’ most hilarious inventions, replete with stomach-churning smells, sadistic nuns, AA meetings, and foot-stomping galore.

Perfume maker and smell designer, Frank Bloem, will recreate “Odorama” for this special screening of John Water’s film Polyester. Instead of the original sniffing cards (which are no longer distributed), he will create and distribute scent through the air. A synaesthetic effect will thus be induced by a film that you can smell.

21:15 | Grote Zaal | Cooking the Cosmic Soup | Live Cinema performance | Vincent Moon

In his performance of Live Cinema, Vincent Moon extends the boundaries of cinema to become a ritual that invites audiences to partake in the ecstatic manifestation of the universal spirit, captured by Moon in his many travels around the world.

Vincent Moon is a multidisciplinary artist working as an independent filmmaker, photographer, and sound artist. He made video clips for indie rock musicians as well as some notable mainstream artists like Tom Jones, R.E.M., and Arcade Fire. Since 2009 he produces ethnographic experimental films and music recordings, based on material collected from his numerous travels. In his films and multimedia projects such as Híbridos: The Spirits of Brasil (2017) he aims to explore the boundaries between cinema, music, and expanded forms of modern rituals.


Studio | Immersive Utopia | Art Installation by Sander Bos

At Altered States Festival next to his paintings and his VR apps, his newest work: Diorama: A Vision of Utopia will be shown as a premier as a physical interactive installation. 

Sander Bos is a Dutch multimedia artist. He studied fine-art in The Netherlands and graduated in 2014. Having ambitions to become an oil painter, he began experimenting with digital media

as well. Now, his endeavors vary from painting with oils and acrylics to 3D animation,

3D printing and the design Virtual Reality environments. These new technologies led to immersive and hypnotic art pieces that aims to bring the viewer into an altered state. He sees the artist as a mediator between the visible and the invisible realities. By making these dimensions visible, a new perspective on reality can be attained by the viewer. Through art we are planting seeds of consciousness exploration and playful curiosity, reclaiming our endless creative force and dissolving perceptual limitations which guide the creative journey.

Ketelhuis | Equilibrium Experience | Art Installation by Joeri Bonsel, Josef Rebbe, Tom Giles, Henk Gunneman and Vince Vijsma

In this installation wellness, spirituality and technology are coming together in the form of sound and design. Equilibrium Experience is an installation based on tactile sounds by means of a lounger equipped with strategically positioned transducers. Besides lying comfortably on the lounger, the listener is immersed in audible sounds through a quadraphonic surround system.

For this installation, Josef Rebbe and Joeri Bonsel recorded the Dutch tenor Henk Gunneman, who sang permutations of the Hebrew letters YHWH in different harmonic frequencies in a twelfth-century twelve sided chapel in Germany. By combining a special recording technique with the arrangement of four loudspeakers, the acoustics of this chapel are projected into the Ketelhuis at DNR. The edited chords sung from all 12 directions in the chapel are aligned with the 12 zodiac signs, creating spatial patterns with a mesmerizing effect. In addition to the recordings from the chapel, electronic sounds, recordings of the ocean, sand, vocals (Rugile Daujotaite), cello (Ola Renska), duduk (Benjamin Megevand), gongs and singing bowls are used. Through the tactile transducers, these sounds are also felt in the body, enabling a sensual experience and inviting the participants to enter altered states of consciousness. According to the makers of this installation, vibrations act as a bridge between consciousness and matter. In other words the vibrations allow consciousness to reshape itself inside the human body.

Josef Rebbe studied Composition and Electronic Composition at the University of Music in Cologne, Germany. He worked as a synthesizer player for Karlheinz Stockhausen’s STOP UND START under the direction of the composer. Josef received a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) to study Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In Amsterdam Studio STEIM, he then researched resonances of low-frequency vibration in the human body. In 2012 he founded Pyramidion, a center for healing and research in The Hague, where he developed Aquasonic Soundfloating, a new treatment method that provides a vibratory massage while floating in warm salt-water. In 2018 Josef founded Somasono together with Joeri Bonsel, an innovative company specializing in producing harmonizing sounds, and systems that enable these sounds to be felt. The medical application of their sound chair is currently being tested in a clinical study in the Department of Applied Psychology of the Saxion University in Deventer and the Department of Biological Psychology of the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Joeri Bonsel studied Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, graduating cum laude. In the years that followed, he realised various publications and photo exhibitions at home and abroad. In addition to his broad interest in design and visual arts, music has had a strong influence on his development. He plays alto/baritone saxophone and was part of various ensembles in the early 1990s, including the Apeldoorns Saxophone Quartet of Co de Kloet. In 1998 he became interested in the world of sound from a different angle. He heard the use of Alain Presenter's singing voice with Nepalese singing bowls. Playing with his own collection of singing bowls, he discovered the principle of resonance and the ability of the human voice to reproduce the subtleties of sounds. Since then he has been investigating the use of vocalization and its effect on body, soul and spirit. In 2002 he started his practice ZE ON inner sound response. As a consultant/coach, he supervised reintegration processes and worked until 2012 as an HR trainer at the Zilver Institute in Haarlem. He also provided awareness trainings with a self-developed technique for the voice. From 2009 he was director of the Luxor Theater in Zutphen for seven years. He successfully guided the movie theater with 60 enthusiastic volunteers through the 'cultural' crisis years and gave it a new artistic impulse. This theater now offers beautiful highlights, and is recognised as an essential amenity for the city and is firmly anchored in society.

Henk Gunneman studied singing and piano at the Conservatorium in Groningen. After receiving his UM degree in 1989, he continued his education in England with the early music specialist Nigel Rogers, and after that period at the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh. Henk Gunneman has a wide repertoire and is much in demand as a soloist for oratorio concerts in The Netherlands - from early music to contemporary music and from time to time in opera performances. He has worked with several conductors such as Erik van Nevel and Jos van Veldhoven and with orchestras such as Het Gelders Orkest, Il Concerto Barocco and Florilegium Musicum. He sings and tours regularly with professional choirs, like the Amsterdam Baroque Choir, the Nederlands Kamerkoor in Amsterdam, Cappella Amsterdam, Groot Omroepkoor in Hilversum and the ensemble "Men's Voices". He also works as director with chamber choirs and a chamber orchestra. 

Tom Giles was born in Brighton (UK). As a teenager he started making hip hop music and continued doing so by writing, singing, producing and mixing songs for the Dutch indie-hip hop band Kern Koppen. Tom studied audio engineering at the School of Audio Engineering in Amsterdam and has been working as an audio engineer for bands and theater companies. During the lockdowns he picked up his love for building things by designing furniture and woodworking. Tom felt specifically drawn to this project because of its potential to open the listener up for a deeply emotional and spiritual experience. A purpose he felt was lacking in most musical performances as of late. That’s why he is helping Henk, Joeri, Josef and Vince with building the lounger and installing the quadraphonic sound system.

Vince Vijsma studied at the Design Academy, Eindhoven. He works in a broad field of design: graphic, product, interior, architectural, public space, animation/film and free work. In addition to his studio work, he is teaching Industrial Design at the Technical University in Delft; in the past he was a design teacher at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Artez, Arnhem and other places. His recent work is mainly about well-being, working with therapists, and sustainability, having the “Bemoeial” approach: giving (un)requested advice to whoever he thinks has interesting projects. In this project he co-worked on the spatial design of the installation and the design and production of the sound objects.