Glasgow’s Sonica Festival Reviewed

Source: The Quietus.

The 2019 edition of the biannual Glasgow sonic art festival Sonica is vast in scope with commissions, performances and installations from across the globe yet rarely does it feel overwhelmed by the sheer scale and ambition of the festival. The festival’s programme teems with a divergent and often far-reaching “energy dialogue”, as Joseph Beuys would put it, conveying the forces and energies of the natural world. For Beuys, the natural world, as well as the human psyche, were the loci of mysterious and meaningful interrelations, and while he intended to transmit this through his own art, Sonica succeeds in similarly generating a near micro-ecology of artistic interventions rooted in the present and the experimental, the playful and the provocative.