Audio Art / Recent Investigations and Becoming of Sound Art 02

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Audio Art / Recent Investigations and Becoming of Sound Art 02

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Workshops (intermediate-advanced)
January 29, 30 and February 5, 6 and 12, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

From December 12, 2019 to January 28, 2020

What happens to sound art, audio art and sound installation which is deployed in multiple disciplines and constantly develops new tools to infiltrate new fields of research and creation?

In this workshop, we will look at recent history, current trends and particularly at the potential future of sound art.  

Sound art is more present than ever in contemporary art biennials, public spaces, festivals and international exhibitions. it appears in many varied forms of performance, installation, sculpture, video or robotics.

What are the strategies, protocols and technologies implemented by artists working with sound and/or thinking their works through sound? What are the remanent and persistent traces that haunt artists' practices in sound art and what types of experiences do they probe? What do these current sound art practices teach us about our relationship with the world, about the current issues that preoccupy the artists? Can we build a new type of collaborative creativity by listening in a collective and interdisciplinary way?

Through the diversity and multiplicity of points of view and hearing points of our guests, we will be guided by our ears, listening to the practices in sound arts from the recent past and the present and to the tracks of reflection and action that they induce for the near future.

These sessions will be accompanied by bibliographies and links prepared by the guests as well as a selection of audio works to listen in a fitted listening room.

Through the diversity and multiplicity of points of view and hearing points of our guests, we will be guided by our ears, listening to the practices in sound arts from the recent past and the present and to the tracks of reflection and action that they induce for the near future.

Emphasis will be placed on the following themes:
•    What are the main actants (individuals and technologies) of audio art.
•    The singularity of approaches from different countries in time, university research, the contribution of women, the inventions of the underground, the effects of the presences, the intuitive, animistic and spiritual practices.
•    The intersectorality and interdisciplinarity that characterizes sound art practices.
•    The sound space and the effects of sound art on audiences.
•    The relationship between sound art, the environment and ecology through the physics of sound.
•    Acoustic applications and transductions between physiology and electronics in sound art.

Guest artists: 
4 sessions welcome guests specializing in different perspectives and approaches:
Magali Babin (Jan. 30),  Jean-Pierre Aubé (Feb. 5), Anne-Françoise Jacques (Feb. 6), Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre (Feb. 12).

Number of participants: Minimum 8
Registration period:  from December 12, 2019 to January 28, 2020
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or
Cost: $100 (taxes included)

* The workshop will be offered in French, both instructors are bilingual and will answer questions in English.

- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker; this workshop is designed specifically for sound artists, architects, scenographers, sculptors and electronic musicians;
- Attend every workshop session;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment. Two spots available for employees of companies that are subject to the 1% Law. Please contact us for more details.

Reservation / Payment
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Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are completely refunded.

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Sandra Volny

Sandra Volny is an artist-researcher, founder of Sound and Space Research. Her research in contemporary and sound art has led her to develop and deepen, in the recent years, a set of theoretical works, artistic experiments and group workshops. She has led research groups in Chile, Greece and Canada in collaboration with artists, scientists, architects, anthropologists, choreographers and musicians. In her projects, she is particularly interested in these occurrences where the intrisinc process of consciousness is built through sound into the space itself. She recently completed her doctorate in art sciences and aesthetics at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne by conducting her research on the « Surviving Aural Spaces ». Her work in installation, sound, video and performance has been presented, among others, at the Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal (2019), Galerie Michel Journiac (France, 2017), Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture (Greece, 2017), FOFA Gallery (2017), Dazibao (2016), Centre CLARK (2016) and Raumlabor-267 Quartiere für zeitgenössische Kunst und Fotografie (Germany, 2013). Volny has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science. She is currently in residency at the Darling Foundry until 2022.

Stéphane Claude

Stéphane Claude is an electronic_acoustic composer and sound engineer. His research is based on integrating a conceptual and physiological framework of audio recording and sound installation for different diffusion contexts in the electronic arts. His interests gravitate around the communication of a formal aesthetics, as transductive experiences of the electronic medium, the exploration of digital signal processing, the parameters of acoustics and sound in spaces. His work has been published by ATAK(JP), LINE, DRAGON’S EYE RECORDINGS (US), ORAL (CA), among others. He is the co-founder of the art research unit Ælab with artist and professor Gisèle Trudel. The work of Ælab has been shown internationally.  As an audio consultant, he participates in the conception, production and integration of presentation spaces, of specialized analog and digital creation and production studios for artist run centers, institutions and independant sites. 

Magali Babin

Magali Babin is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice in sound art. Exploring space as sound material, Babin draws her materials from haptic proximities, acoustic landscapes, and real-life contexts to create environments composed of sequences, textures, and perspectives. Her works explore imperceptible aspects that create alertness and attention through listening. In recent projects, Babin has examined perception and memory by investigating the ways we identify sounds. Babin has performed in international festivals in Canada, USA, and Europe. Her installations have been presented at the MAC as part of the 2011 Quebec Triennial (MTL), at Mois Multi 2012 (QC), and at La Fabrique in 2013 (Nantes, France). Babin has a doctorate in art studies and practice from UQAM and a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).