I collaborated with Dorion Berg on this installation in 1999-2000. It was installed at Centre Skol in Montreal in 2001. I’ve just digitized the footage from tapes and slides for a new edit on Vimeo.
An album was also released with the installation – all of the sounds come from the drum machine (Yamaha RX7) that was used in the installation, which had separate outputs that were sent to the separate sculptures. It can be streamed or purchased here:
Cross Waves is a Canadian Sound Art series that includes performances and internet radio programs curated by eight media artists representing various regional and cultural perspectives in Canada. This edition is curated by Anna Friz. Friz’s radio and performance program “Material Sounds” explores the materiality of sound, and artists who collaborate with every day devices to reveal audible but unstable systems of sound and signal.
Featuring work by Kristen Roos, Nancy Tobin, The User (Emmanuel Emmanuel Madan, Thomas McIntosh), Andrea Jane Cornell, Peter Peter Courtemanche, Music for Lamps (Adam Basanta, Max Stein, Julian Stein), and Gambletron. Read more here
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
VIDEO BAR July 19th 8:00 – 12:00 VIVO : 1965 Main St, Vancouver
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.
curated by Kristen Roos
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.
Canadian artist Kristen Roos connects sofas to droning machines and uses subway trains as deep-frequency drums. For him, working with sound is a visual experience. Read the entire article in: Sennheiser Sound Magazine
Recording in the Surrey Art Gallery’s machine room for a new installation.