10 NOV / 20H

Photo Anna van Kooij

Magnetoceptia is a series of performances and installations around self-constructed, wearable antennas that pick up electromagnetic fields from its surroundings and make them perceivable through electronic sound. It is a collaborative project by Patrizia Ruthensteiner (AT) and Dewi de Vree (NL). 

The project is an investigation on different sonic and material properties of natural environments contrasting urban landscapes, and a visualization of different physical phenomena. Extensions of our rudimentary animal senses are being developed to make those phenomena perceivable. 

During the performances the sound is generated and modulated live by the antennas, which, depending on their shape, size and dimensions pick up different radio signals, varying from extra-terrestrial abstract tones, layered drones, obscure voices and machine-like rhythmic pulses. The movements of the performers, relating to the space and each other, determine the sound, dismantling traditional concepts of stage and catwalk, musician and instrument. 

The performances are sonic explorations of the space, electricity out of thin air serves as the main and raw ingredient for the musical composition. Both audience and performers are witness of the tension between the control of the performer and the unpredictability of the material. 


Magnetoceptia’s performance Crinolettes | Gyration Resistance is a site-specific radio-ballet based on transformative antennas which are a reinterpretation of the historical female clothing element the ‘Crinoline’, a hooped cage initially worn under petticoats, which now functions as a physical extension of the performer’s bodies and technological expansion of the human senses – shifting symbols of restriction into emancipatory tools of liberation. The rotating spheres receive site-specific electromagnetic waves which are processed as raw sound material into a musical composition. The signals are dependent on the position of the performers relating to the space and each other.