sonó/curso IV

Participatory sound installation, 2019-21

4-channel sound, tactile transducers, gymnastics rings, painted wood, suspension ropes, sport weights and mat. Duration: 15 minutes in a loop

The adaptation of sonó/curso, presented at 'Your Playground' group show in Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL). Exhibition curated by Arjen Lancel and Arda van Tiggelen. 


This participatory audio installation is an invitation to become physical with sound, to explore it in a series of exercises. Three plywood objects form a set-up for non-vertical listening similar to a playground for the audiences of all ages. In a playful way the artist offers to the visitors sonic experiences recorded on public buses in Quito (Ecuador). The setup provokes you to engage physically with sound, to exercise it with your body, to feel the voices and sonic appearances of bus vendors who are caught in constant motion,  pushed out of the traditional labor market into transit working places: a bus aisle or a busy traffic intersection.

This project is a part of 'Non-vertical listening' series which questions a type of verticality that freezes and alienates listener from sound-maker or performer. Alternatively I suggests non-vertical modes in which sonic and visual stimulation can take over not only our ears and eyes, but also limbs, bones and body cavities. 

Video documentation of the show opening during Museum Night:

 Maxime bezoekt de Museumnacht 2021 in Arti en spreekt met kunstenaars en bezoekers. De manifestatie Your Playground is een interdisciplinair speelterrein met performances, installaties, interactieve kunstwerken, film en artist talks door het hele gebouw van Arti et Amicitiae. Your Playground is een utopische speeltuin voor volwassenen. Let’s Play! Concept en samenstelling: Arjen Lancel en Arda van Tiggelen. Video: Maxime De Waal & Wessel Haaxman.