Yolande Harris – Sun Run Sun: on Sonic Navigations

Artist in Residence November 2007 – April 2008 at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam.

‘Sun Run Sun’ charts a path between environmental awareness and technological development, using sound as the medium to enhance both. The project investigates the split between the embodied experience of location and the calculated data of position, exploring the individual experience of current location technologies through a personal experience of sound. It seeks to (re)establish a sense of connectedness to one’s environment, and to (re)negotiate this through an investigation into old, new, future and animal navigation using sound.

This project consists of two different parts, a sound installation and a series of portable instruments to take on a walk through the city. In the installation ‘Dead Reckoning’ Yolande Harris reveals the patterns of orbiting satellites coming in and out of range and inconsistencies in how GPS technology locates the self in a longitude/latitude grid. The mobile ‘Satellite Sounders’ transform the live satellite data directly into a sonic composition listened to on headphones as one walks through the city. Live signals from satellites in orbit, together with the performer’s coordinates on earth, generate a continuously transforming electronic soundscape. Yolande Harris’s soundscape questions what is inside and what is outside, what it means to be located and what it means to be lost.


Yolande Harris is pleased to invite you to the events that mark the culmination of her artist residence project Sun Run Sun: on Sonic Navigations at the Netherlands Media Art Institute in collaboration with STEIM in Amsterdam.

Yolande:” The project development over the last four months has been intense and varied, and the months of March and April hold the exhibitions and performances of five related works on the theme of navigation technologies, environment and sound. The central work is the Satellite Sounders small portable instruments for hearing the live data from the GPS satellite network. These can be tried out by walking along the canals around NIMk and are part of the upcoming Territorial Phantom exhibition there. The two installation pieces, Dead Reckoning and Navigating by Circles present spaces of intuitive navigation in sound and video, in Amsterdam and Den Haag. I’ll be presenting the ideas behind the project at a symposium on Eco-Visualisation with other artists working on environmental issues at Mediamatic in Amsterdam, at a symposium on Sonic Navigations at NIMk, and at a Test_Lab evening at V2_ in Rotterdam. These events are bracketed by two performances that introduce and explore the materials of live satellite data and environmental sound recordings, Amphibian and Sun Running at TAG and STEIM.”


15/3 17:00 hrs Amphibian
performance during Dag in de Branding Festival at <>TAG in Den Haag

20/3 19:00-22:00 hrs
lecture at symposium on Eco-Visualisation organised by <>TAG at
Mediamatic in Amsterdam

22/3 – 28/4 Navigating by Circles
22/3 17:00 hrs opening event
video and sound installation in the Eco-Visualisation exhibition curated
by Tiffany Holmes and Hicham Khalidi at <>TAG in Den Haag

29/3 – 12/5 Satelllite Sounders and Dead Reckoning
28/3 17:00 hrs opening
sonic walk and sound installation in the Territorial Phantom exhibition
at Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam.

2/4 20:30 hrs Sun Running
performance at STEIM in Amsterdam

15/4 Navigating the Space of the Future
symposium around the project Sun Run Sun, including presentation by David Dunn, at Netherlands Media Art Institute in Amsterdam.

17/4 Sun Run Sun
presentation at Test_Lab Topologies, V2_Insitute for the Unstable Media
in Rotterdam.

Netherlands Media Art Institute
Keizersgracht 264
1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands