Festival of Contemporary Electronic Music and Transitory Art

23 – 28 September 2019




This year’s SONICA theme is Sentinels. We’ll think about guarding and isolation as two faces of the same coin. Sentinel species (like canaries in a coal mine) are how Kurt Vonnegut understood the role of artists, or as the Sentinelese tribe, an isolated tribe that has no contact with civilisation and refuses it.

“I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.”
-Kurt Vonnegut

This year we are looking forward to five days of music: live sets, AV live concerts, DJ sets, electro-acoustic avant-garde, ambiental expeditions, and also an exhibition and film. We are bringing some of the biggest and most exciting names in the field of contemporary electronic music and art!


Alessandro Cortini x Amnesia Scanner x Lakker x Sentimental Rave x Abul Mogard x Lucy Railton x patten x Tomas Nordmark x Lifecutter x OD Bongo x FAKA x Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA x COH x Zergon x Tim Shaw x Gašper Torkar x Camilla Sparksss

We’re happy to announce the festival exhibition: 
ANTIPHONIC INCIDENCE, curated by Sally Golding 
with works by
CHAINES / Hannah Catherine Jones aka Foxy Moron / Jörg Piringer / patten / Ross Manning

The exhibition will feature a new artwork by each artist, which will also then form part of Museum of Transitory Art – MoTA’s Artefact collection.
More info soon!


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Museum of Transitory Art

MoTA –

Museum of Transitory Art

MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to advancing the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental, and live art forms.

MoTA is a museum without a permanent collection or a fixed space. Instead, its programs are realised in different locations and contexts in temporary physical and virtual spaces.

MoTA organizes and supports transitory art in the form of continuous events, exhibitions and educational programs both locally and internationally. As its name indicates, MoTA examines what a museum can be today and in the future.

MoTA is in constant search for the new, the uncertain, and the undefined.

MoTA works on several continuous programmes & projects. We run MoTA Point – a Space for Art & Ideas, we curate and produce the annual SONICA Festival, in addition to regular music programmes such as SONICA Series and SONICA Classics.

Within the years of running our residency programme, we’ve established T.R.I.B.E. – a network of residency spaces in the Balkans & Eastern Europe.

We’ve also initiated the research and archive platforms and Mediateque MoTA & Tomaž Brate. Our educational programmes serve a broader audience with ongoing workshops, talks, symposia, and internships.