Auditorium

(2008)

Video projection, sound, electro-mechanic apparatus.

       (chaos) (15:48)
       (quiet) (15:59)
       (failure) (15:00)

The failure audio track is the piece that participants heard in their headphones. It is the piece I never wanted the wider public to hear. I was only interested in documenting the listening of the listening of it. It is now online here nonetheless. The three audio tracks included here are rough mix versions.

Participants in quiet session (recorded at the Hotel2Tango, Montréal, by Howard Bilerman, May 2 2006): Clank, Charles Stankievech, Mia MacSween, Candice Tarnowski, Nancy Tobin. Video included here.

Participants in chaos session (recorded at the Hotel2Tango, Montréal, by Howard Bilerman, July 29 2005): Magali Babin, Steve Bates, Dave Bryant, Michel F. Côté, Tammy Forsythe, Fabrizio Gilardino, Andrea Martignoni, Terence McGee, Jake Moore, Jonathan Parant, Sam Shalabi, James Shidlowski, Alexandre St-Onge, Catherine Tardiff, Graham van Pelt, Roger Tellier-Craig.

Auditorium documents a solitary act and renders it plural, it amplifies a private moment to a public realm. Auditorium takes the moment of reception and reinjects it in the work as sole material for the production of a piece. I have a tendency to concoct impossible projects, in reference to sound this translates into projects which are presumed to be inherently silent or mute, it can also mean projects which bypass language and the usual circuitry of communication. To explore the sonic possibilities of sites and behaviors heretofore presumed silent is one of the aims for this project. Another is to produce a sound portrait of listening, and to conceive it as a collective, dialogical one.

Auditorium se penche sur l’écoute, acte qui se veut autant privé que public, intime et collectif, isolant et rassembleur. Auditorium est à la quête du son de l’écoute, chose paradoxal puisque l’écoute est un acte qui porte au son mais qui est lui même silencieux. L’écoute marque l’ouverture, l’attente, l’attention. Auditorium veut amplifié cette (in)activité en créant un scénario où un groupe de personnes sont réunis dans un studio d’enregistrement pour une session d’écoute. Leur écoute est documentée (en son, image, et vidéo). Comment est-ce qu’on se comporte quand on est dans une situation d’écoute ? Où va le regard ? Comment se place-t-on par rapport à son voisin ?

Presentation History
– 2010 Aberystwyth (audio and print publication, Performance Research, Taylor & Francis)
– 2008 Québec (installation, MANIF D’ART 4, May 1-June 15)

Thanks: the Canada Council for the Arts, Catherine Béchard, Sabin Hudon.

   
   
 






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