I have been collecting sound from a 1800 voice mail that has been engraved in cedar and mounted to the backs of benches in Stanley Park, as a part of the Ten Fifteen Maple Fieldhouse Collective, and the Dedications Project.
VIVO’s Latest Video Bar immerses it’s audience in sound, light, and vibration
Words by Celesse McCarthy
Photos by Dennis Ha and Elisa Ferrari
I’m sitting outside City Centre Motel on Main. VACANCY is illuminated, and across the street, Hot Art Wet City is electrified by voyeurs. I’m drinking cider.
I see a woman wearing a uniform sauntering down the sidewalk, whirling her sweater – the sun is setting though, so I’m wearing mine.
The city below is slowly becoming speckled, the skyline riddled with cranes. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. I walk and stop to view the industrial buildings to the left.
I enter the small anterior room of VIVO Media Arts, which is host to wooden enclosed benches, lamps (not wooden), chairs (wooden), and a collection of laptops, cables and (allotted into this frame sans oxford comma) pretty people….more at vandocument here
Music for Lamps (Montreal) Adam Basanta, Julian Stein, Max Stein
Music for Internet Josh Hite
Music for Furniture Kristen Roos, Ross Birdwise
Music for Lamps is an installation and performance work for sound and light emitting lamps performed live by Adam Basanta, Julian Stein, Max Stein. The lamps are arranged to both surround and permeate audience members, creating a multi channel light and sound performance. The work investigates the potential of domestic objects, both to recall their quotidian functions and – through aesthetic transformation – transcend them.
Josh Hite’s work is primarily concerned with human movement through local spaces. He is inspired by the potential for the creation of subjective pathways and the myriad results that occur when movers decidedly confront obstacles. Recent work focuses on the technological alteration of action and memory relative to the uploading of backyard behavior onto YouTube. He has collaborated on site-specific projects, dance and sound performances, and work in public space. Josh has a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Visual Art and teaches at the University of British Columbia and in Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Ross Birdwise is an artist and musician originally from Ottawa. His artistic practice includes electronic music, vocal music, curation, non-idiomatic improvisation, performance art, photography and video. He has performed at the Mutek Festival in Montreal, with Anthony Braxton in Vancouver (Sonic Genome – The Roundhouse) and has shown visual art in a variety of contexts including Gallery 101 (Ottawa) and Vancouver New Music (Theatre for the Ears – Scotiabank Dance Centre). He obtained a BFA from Ottawa University in 2005 and an MAA from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2008. He has trouble separating his hobbies from his creative practices.
Whether working with DIY radio-based projects, massive arrays of low frequencies, or sampled and sequenced rhythmic construction, Roos demonstrates that there is more to sound than just audibility. His work introduces a sense of reorientation and reconstruction of objects from their usual state into objects with multiple possible meanings. Roos draws on history, urban and rural sound ecology, and the capabilities of his means of transmission to suggest new or hidden realities in relation to the subjects he investigates.
I’ve received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts that involves listening to the sounds of insects that have been recorded in the Neuroethology Lab at Carleton University in Ottawa. This Lab is used to study and record the acoustics of insects, and focuses on the acoustics of caterpillars, bark beetles, and butterfly hearing.
Sounds collected from the Surrey Art Gallery in 2012 were used in a performance at the Surrey Art Gallery Sound Symposium, Destroy Vancouver, and The Klinker at noise=noise, London, UK. The performance involves using a radio transmitter to transmit the sounds to several radios around the audience, and using the sound system at the venue primarily for low frequencies. I’m interested in touring this and looking for dates in the near future.