14/06/2024 Cinerama Filmtheater, Rotterdam

Audiovisual Explorations at Cinerama

On Friday June 14th, Klankvorm presents a new edition of Audiovisual Explorations, a series of events delving deep into the synesthetic relationship between moving images and sound. For this event held at the iconic Cinerama in Rotterdam, Klankvorm invites artists from different backgrounds to collectively explore the audiovisual domain.

Doors: 20:00h
First performance: 20:30h

Cinerama Filmtheater
Westblaak 18, 3012 KL Rotterdam

Whilst screening the forefront of contemporary technology, Klankvorm explores the integration of technology into artistic expression. Resulting in a meticulously curated programme of artists, each with their unique approach to creating audiovisual landscapes. These landscapes, born from the manipulation of algorithms and rule sets, beckon viewers into a world where artificiality and electronica collide, blurring the lines between reality and imagination. Within Cinerama’s classic cinema setting, this edition of Audiovisual Explorations features five artistic projects, including three live AV performances (of which two live AV premieres) and two (Dutch) film premieres.


20:30 Jaap Drupsteen – Live AV
21:00 Acidic Male & Jelmer Noordeman – ‘Shifting Passage’ film
21:10 Clémentine Schmidt & Nanno Simonis – ‘Mnemonic Shores’ film


22:00 Noise Diva & orah – Live AV
22:30 Rainer Kohlberger – ‘Brainbows’ Live AV

In addition to the performances and films in Cinerama 1, Thuraya Shi will serve a selection of obscure and experimental music in the Cinerama Foyer.

This event of Audiovisual Explorations is made possible with the support of Mondriaan Fonds.

Artwork by ST-DUO.


In his audiovisual live performance ‘Brainbows’, Kohlberger uses digital-projection technology in a radical way. Through impulses and waves of pure light, the intentional overload of the human perception apparatus leads to visual impressions that appear exclusively in the literal ‘eye of the beholder’. Layers of noise, drones and stroboscopic lights unfold a sense of the infinite, which fascinates him both as the ultimate abstraction and because it is inveterately fuzzy. Image surface and image space meld into a consciousness in which categories such as being and non-being, material and immaterial appear obsolete.


This Klankvorm commissioned AV performance is created by Amsterdam based producer, dj and artist Noise Diva (Yara Said) and Italian, Rotterdam based visual artist and designer orah (Deborah Mora). Noise Diva’s work delves into the profound connections between sound, emotions, and visual aesthetics. With a keen focus on daily encounters, identity politics, and the representation of experiences, Yara’s artistic practice intertwines feminist theories with the exploration of sonic flows. Her approach is rooted in a femme gaze, amplifying perspectives that have traditionally been marginalised or silenced. orah collects, creates and manipulates images as a way to enact non-verbal storytelling, approaches visual materialities to carve the openings for experiences. She’s interested in how sound and image carry tactile qualities and produce physical sensations, diving into individual and collective perception. Her practice is weaved in multidisciplinary collaborations and explorations with sound and movement artists, visual experimentations that expand and diversify through the music, the rhythms, the space, the movement and the body. The new Klankvorm commissioned AV performance has its official premiere during this AV Explorations.


Jaap Drupsteen is a Dutch composer of visuals and music. He was a pioneer in electronic motion graphics and has been working in the field since 1969, when he designed and directed TV productions based on videographic techniques with early analogue electronic equipment. For the last 15 years Jaap Drupsteen has been creating imagery and music which plays with balance; his works interact directly with human eyes and ears. Sound and vision reflect one another in mutual ‘awareness’. Idiomatic areas are overturned, resulting in new realms of experience. Music and visual elements are composed simultaneously and influence one another. For this Klankvorm edition Jaap Drupsteen created a new AV live performance presenting his distinguished style of audiovisual explorations.


Clémentine Schmidt & Nanno Simonis – Mnemonic Shores

In the mist in which existence lies, memories crystalize from past moments lived. Might be altered, might become in part fiction, but neither are any less real. These captured images are stored somewhere behind our physical facade. As falcons of the inner eye murmur through the mind, above a sea of silver-like memories. With ‘Mnemonic Shores’, Clémentine Schmidt and Nanno Simonis bring forward a moment that surpasses its space time reality through perception of technology. Much like the encoding of memories by the mind, it has warped into a fluid form of existence. A static state of constant movement. An ocean of waves, fading of moments, one into the other. This screening will be the Dutch premiere of the film.

Acidic Male & Jelmer Noordeman – Shifting Passage

‘Shifting Passage’ explores the connection between human and machine, the industrial, an overwhelming entity. It confronts the audience with familiar sounds and meditative elements. Together, the real and the fictional become symbiotic, creating a new reality where sound and image become more fragmented, and senses and tempo are overwhelmed. The end of the film can become so abstract and overstimulating that there is no sense of realism left. It creates a link to reality in the way it simulates a body. A simulation of something that does not exist, has existed in fragments, but might exist in the future as a new entity. The Klankvorm commissioned film will have its premiere during this AV Explorations edition.

In addition to the performance and films in Cinerama 1, Thuraya Shi will serve a selection of obscure and experimental music in the Cinerama Foyer.