Sonic Portals: A subwoofer odyssey


photo by Nellie de Boer

Sonic Portals: A subwoofer odyssey

In Sonic Portals, its creator – Ciro Goudsmit – combines his research on low-frequency oscillators, with (afro) futuristic thinking: A possibility to curve “reality” and create alternative ones, where colonialization didn’t happen. Inspired by musicians as Sun-Ra, Lee scratch perry, Gabber Modus Operandi, Drexciya, and a place called space. With a group of intergalactic beings, he creates a landscape of sound where you can feel your whole body shake. Using movement research, subwoofers, bass shakers, vocoders, and DYI instruments as elements to open different portals. Not in the need for another utopia but in the need for different options.

Inbetween the waves
Pulsating low frequency waves
Our body shakes
Entanglements that matter
Imposed images of human beings
jump into the comfort of 40hz clashing waves
The waves will move through walls
Beyond the periphery
you can feel them shake
Vibrating through your spine

The performance created by Ciro Gouldsmit is a continuation of the STUDIO theatregallery’s trend in which young artists combine various forms and genres of art – in this instance sound installation, dance and video – in order to search for new means of expression and explore them as the carrier of contemporary, critical reflection on the world.

Ciro Monoarfa Goudsmit is an artist who is fascinated by vibrations. Through low frequencies,  embodied stereophonic intelligence, and states of trance he is trying to make new realities that stand in relation to his understanding of the world and his ancestry.
Artistic Research – New Pathways to New Knowledge? A conversation with Ciro Goudsmit

CHANGE – NOW!  is an international educational programme led by the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Its aim is to develop new proposals for theatre education and practice based on democratic, subjective and collaborative principles (sometimes far from the traditional teaching model), responding to dynamic social transformations and changing conditions of work in culture, taking into account the transformations that are taking place in the post-pandemic theatre environment.
An important element of the programme is co-production of performances directed by young artists, created in collaboration with renowned Warsaw theatres, based on the synergy effect: exchange of good practices and mutual learning.

The installation is part of the project “Change-Now!” funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme. The installation reflects the views of the authors only and the European Commission and the National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme are not responsible for its content.

The Creators

Produced by the master of sound

Rachwill Breidel

Created by the surfer of vibrations

Ciro Monoarfa Goudsmit

Designer of the Magic Fabric

Floor van Hellmond

Advised by

Paula Montecinos Oliva, Geo Wyex, Joy Mariama Smith


The Amazing - Agnė Auželytė

The Gorgeous - Kofi Ayno Yeji Boanyah

The Majestic - La Uyi Ihassee

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