DATE: April 29, 2022, 11AM - 5PM (+ evening program with dining and performance at SPOR festival)
PRICE: Free (evening program requires payment)
REGISTRATION: (no later than April 21)

VENUE:  Aros, Arosallé 2, 8000 Aarhus. Denmark.

Sound & Art Annual Meeting # 1: Sustainability

Sustainability and green transition are an important and necessary focal point in society and cultural life in general. But how do you work with it in an artistic practice with sound as a supporting element or as a cultural institution? Join to get inspiration from professional cultural actors who work specifically with this issue as an artist, curator and institution and share your ideas when Sound & Art Annual Meeting on 29 April addresses the topic.

The day offers presentations, conversation and sound art in the public space, and if you are working on a project about art and sustainability, you have a specific idea or a challenge you miss sparring on, you get a unique chance to get feedback and good advice from experts in the field on this day.


You will get to meet:

  • Paula Toppila, executive director of the contemporary art commissioning agency IHME (FI) that works purposefully with issues regarding ecological sustainability, from institutional structure to the production of the individual work.

  • Raquel Castro, curator of the exhibition Sound Art In Public Spaces at SPOR 2022, which focuses on nature, culture, gender and urban space.

  • Christian Gade Bjerrum, co-founder of Sustainable Performing Arts NOW who guides the Danish performing arts industry to sustainable transformation.


Christos Carras, executive director of the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, which as an institution has implemented a comprehensive sustainability strategy, guides us through the day.


Participation in Sound & Art Annual Meeting 11 AM - 5 PM is free (lunch and coffee included), and everyone is welcome. Registration required due to catering. There will be a no-show fee of 300 DKK in case of cancellation later than April 28, 12 PM.


When signing up, you can indicate whether you have an idea or a project that you would like sparring on as part of the open feedback session. The format is open, but a presentation of your project or idea can last max.6 min.

Sound & Art annual meeting is a new initiative launched by SPOR, Sound Art Lab, Struer Tracks, SNYK and the Danish Composers' Society. The goal is to strengthen networking and knowledge sharing for everyone who deals artistically with sound, with focus on a highly topical topic.


Evening program

6 PM dinner at Godsbanen 395 DKK includes beverages. 


7:30 PM  Scenatet and James Black Mushroom at Bora Bora (WP) at a reduced price.


Registration by email:


Registration deadline: Thursday, April 21, 2022.


Sound & Art Annual meeting is supported by: Region Midtjyllands Kulturpulje, SNYK and the Danish Composers' Society.

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11:00 – 13:00 Welcome at ARoS & guided tour of exhibition Sound Art in Public Space in Aarhus city center with curator Raquel Castro.  Art by artists Kathy Hinde, Mikhail Karikis, Dawn Scarfe, Saša Spačal and Ragnhild May.

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch and introduction to the afternoon’s programme

13:30 – 13:45 Introduction to Sound & Art annual meeting

13:45 - 15.00 ‘Ecologically sustainable curating and art production' Keynote incl. dialog and questions with Paula Toppila, Executive director at IHME. Online.  

Paula Toppila is the Executive Director and Curator of IHME Helsinki. She will in her talk tell the story of ecological turn in the operations of contemporary art commissioning agency IHME Helsinki. IHME Transformed from IHME Contemporary Art Festival (2009-2018) to IHME Helsinki in 2018-2019 and has since put ecological sustainability in the center of all activities. Toppila will speak about ecologically sustainable curating and art production through the work of artist Jana Winderen, Katie Paterson and Amar Kanwar.


Break 15 min.

15.15 - 15.35 Presentation of Bæredygtig Scenekunst NU with co-founder Christian Gade Bjerrum.

15.35 - 16.45 Feedback sessions and dialog with panel: Jacob Eriksen (Sound Art Lab), Raquel Castro (curator, Sound Art in Public Spaces), Christian Gade Bjerrum (Bæredygtig scenekunst NU).

16.45 – 17:00 Conclusion and thanks.

Moderator of the day: Christos Carros, Executive director at Onassis Stegi


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Raquel Castro - Curator, SPOR

Raquel Castro (PT, 1976) is a soundscape researcher, film director and curator. Her work draws upon the relationship between sound, environment and urbanism, and has been presented in different formats. Castro is the founder and director of Lisboa Soa Sound Art Festival and the International Symposium Invisible Places. She holds a PhD in Communication and Arts and is an Integrated Researcher at Cicant/Universidade Lusófona where she participates in projects that focus on the aural experience in urban territories. As a director, she highlights her films Soundwalkers (2008) and SOA (2020), where interviews, sound art and sonic ambiances combine to raise awareness of sound. In 2021, SOA was selected by the Portuguese Film Academy to be part of Netflix catalogue. 

Raquel Castro is the curator of Sound Art in Public Spaces, an exhibition part of the European project Sounds Now.

Paula Toppila - IHME

Paula Toppila has been the Executive Director and Curator of the Pro Arte Foundation Finland since 2007. Toppila commissioned and produced works of art for the IHME Contemporary Art Festival (2009-2018) in public space by Antony Gormley, Susan Philipsz, Superflex, Miroslaw Balkan, Yael Bartana, Jeremy Deller, Katerina Seda, Theaster Gates with The Black Monks of Mississippi and Henrik Håkansson. Christian Boltanski's continuing work The Heart Archive was performed by IHME in four city libraries in Finland. Toppila led the organizational change from the IHME Contemporary Art Festival to contemporary art commissioning agency IHME Helsinki, which currently combines art, science and climate work. The aim is to promote freedom of art, eco-social civilization, a sustainable and democratic society and a diverse good life. She has a MA degree, majoring in art history. She has supplemented his skills with both curatorial and leadership and management training.

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Photo by Veikko Somerpuro.


Christian Gade Bjerrum - Bæredygtig Scenekunst NU

The organization Bæredygtig Scenekunst Nu (Eng. Sustainable Performing Arts NOW) was established in January 2020 and guides the Danish performing arts industry to sustainable change in relation to management, production and communication.

The organization is founded by the actors and entrepreneurs Jacob Teglgaard and Christian Gade Bjerrum.

Since 2008, Christian has created and participated in a number of sensational conceptual campaigns on the environment and climate at home and abroad. Among other things. with Viva La Renovation, Earth Day New York, Mr. Green ApS, Egholm Motorvejen No Thank you and most recently Sustainable Performing Arts NOW.

Christian is 40 years old and a trained actor, Bikram Yoga teacher and Earth Wisdom Council Guide.

Christos Carras - Onassis Stegi

Christos Carras was born in London (UK) in 1962. He read philosophy at Cambridge University and then at the Sorbonne where he earned his PhD.  From 2000 onwards, he has been working in the cultural sector, initially as the Project Manager of the EU funded MediMuses network. In 2006 he became General Manager of the B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music.  In 2009 he joined the Onassis Foundation as the Executive Director of the Onassis Cultural Centre. He is also responsible for the elements of the music program and other interdisciplinary projects, developing European networks and the sustainability program.


Photo by Stavros Habakis

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Jacob Eriksen - Sound Art Lab

Jacob Eriksen is the director of Sound Art Lab in Struer, lecturer at Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the Universität der Künste Berlin and sound artist. His main focus is on artistic research, ecological thinking, and aesthetic conceptualization in the field of sound art and experimental music in particular.

Sound Art Lab is an environment for artistic development and production focusing on sound with dedicated facilities to support artistic projects in sound across different genres and formats. Sound Art Lab hosts residencies, temporary workspaces, courses and education, all centring on sound art as well as organizes the sound art biennial Struer Tracks. 

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Sound & Art Annual meeting is supported by: Region Midtjyllands Kulturpulje, SNYK and Danish Composers' Society. Thanks to ARoS for hosting and Music City Aarhus for collaborating around the day.