Transience and Timelessness

Sanatorium of the Sound is a festival dedicated to experimental contemporary music and widely understood sound art, whose most outstanding advantage is presentations in the context of its location – a spa town located in the Central Sudetes. The Sanatorium of Sound Festival is not only concerts but also performances, sound installations, workshops, lectures and projects created and dedicated to this event. The landscape of the mountains surrounding Sokołowsko, post-German 19th-century architecture and wonderful air have always been inseparable attributes of activities in the field of art and any reflection on new trends in contemporary music.

The theme of the three future editions of the Sanatorium of Sound festival will be one of the most undefined concepts – time. We will look at its various aspects, trying to grasp the complexity of the problem. First, the issues of transience and timelessness will be addressed.

For these are two aspects of time that intertwine and complement each other. Because of the fact that they condition each other, they can be regarded as two faces of our human finiteness, like obverse and reverse. In everyday life we find ourselves caught between Heraclitus and Parmenides: with one eye looking on passing the time and the other on eternity. It seems that we cannot explain what is changeable without relating it to what is permanent. We cannot talk about duration without imagining that it bears the stamp of some kind of immutability. We cannot even speak of time without thinking at the same time of eternity, and vice versa.

During this year’s edition of the Sanatorium of Sound festival, we will try to stop time for a while and look at it carefully.


Catherine Lamb, Rebecca Lane, Emilio Gordoa, Burkhard Beins, Ewa Justka, Jérôme Noetinger, Bakbilvv, Xavier Lopez, Sylwia Żytyńska, Katarina Gryvul, Carsten Stabenov, Björn Erlach, Edka Jarząb, Wacław Szpakowski, Bastian Pfefferli, Charlie, Bryan Eubanks, Hermeneia, Andrew Lafkas, Martyna Basta, Gerard Lebik, Antonina Nowacka, Ryo Ikeshiro, Jan Moszumański, Miguel Garcia, Paweł Romańczuk, Lena Czerniawska, Biuro Dźwięków Katowice, Todd Capp