Sonica 2021 Festival: Labyrinth Gives Way to Skin

Ljubljana, different locations, 26.9.-2.10.2021

Sonica’s 2021 theme Labyrinth gives way to skin is taken from the title of a composition by Maryanne Amacher for Merce Cunningham Dance Company, serves as a launching point for an exploration of the invisible forces surrounding and emanating from our bodies in relation to our environment, one another, and the multitudinous entities that comprise ourselves. From the subtle bodies, a non-dualist Eastern mystical and medical concept of the holism of mind/body dynamics and energy flows, we extend our presence to notions of the social, collective, and cyborgian bodies, opening the possibility that our bodies are not only our own and conception of the festival as a body in itself; a body which is stirred and reconfigured by sound.


Labyrinth gives way to skin opens with the exhibition Boundless BodyMinds, featuring metaphysical artworks grounded in a common understanding of embodied cognition, which rhizomatically draw from a synthesis of ancient and contemporary spiritual, technological, and scientific knowledge, taking the viewer on an involutionary journey towards a sympoetic evolution. With a more surgical approach to unifying identity, Fractal Flesh’s film and performance program incises the festival body from emotionally arresting angles, penetrating intimate zones via transgressive acts of love and visceral explorations of physical degeneration.

Ascending on the path of knowledge, Labyrinth gives way to skin hosts a discourse program with a keynote on its namesake, expounding on the activation of mental and physical spaces through sound, with pragmatic, technical, and historically oriented conversations and reflections, followed by Prosthetic Aura’s program of cyborg rhythms and holographic melodies.


Reaching the summit of the dark night of the soul, the initiatic Silver Cord concerts, a ritual lead by experienced psychonautical sound guides leading us on an out-of-body journey to the outer limits of consciousness. With the encounter inscribed into the fibers of our being, we’ll be prepared to contemplate Vibrant Matter, an intimate exploration of stimulated materials, inert and alive in embrace, making for a sensual night of meditative drones with self-made instruments, in altered tunings and states of mind. From this transmutation of sonic matter, a chemical romance will be stirred within the spirit unlocking heretofore uncultivated powers and awareness by means of Suspended Animation’s revelatory sonic alchemy, completing the ouroboric cycle.


Performing artists: Tuomas A. Laitinen, Yila, Sophie Hoyle, Swan Meat, Octex, Tetameta, Gabi98, Shackleton, Spatial, Domen Gnezda, James Ginzburg, rouge-ah, Silvia Rosani, Riccardo la Foresta, DJ Tuum, DJ MBJ Wetware, Aisha Devi, Jessika Khazrik, Kezz

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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.