On occasion of the 20th anniversary of SoundLAB in August 2024, The New Museum of Networked Art launches “Alpha Hypersonic Space” @ Alphabet Art Centre in order to give the comprehensive sonic art collections extracted form the great soundart projects realized since 2004, a temporary home for audio streaming – starting during the Summer Program – 13 July – 30 August 2024 with the new project of “Sound of Anthropocene”.

The virtual space of Alpha Hypersonic is the predecessor of the physical space once The Agricola de Cologne Foundation for the Arts will be established in 2025.
SoundLAB had been transformed into The New Institute for Contemporary and Sonic Art in 2020 at the future foundation.

14 July – 08 September 2024

While Anthropocene (actually only proposed as a new epoch of geologic time, following the Holocene) is an officially not yet definitely defined period of time during which human activities are thought to have had a significant impact on the global environment, regarded as having begun sometime between twelve thousand years ago, with the spread of agriculture, and two hundred years ago, with the advent of industrialization, as a topic of the media art context of The Anthropocene Project, the term is going far beyond marking the contradictory relationship between (the volatile transitory character of) human nature and (sustainable) nature, the significant human impact on ecosystems, including the human-caused climate change, biodiversity loss etc.

Curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, The New Museum of Networked Art realizing the Sound of Anthropocene Project as a new media art context in an exchange between virtual and physical space, is inviting artists using sonic art as a non-visual medium dealing with the (positive and negative) human impact.