Audio Art / Sonorium 01

© S. Castonguay, 2016

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© S. Castonguay, 2016

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Audio Art / Sonorium 01

with Magali Babin and Stéphane Claude

Cultural Mediation
April 7 – June 18, 2016
with École Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine
in collaboration with Michelle Courchesne and her grade 1 students

Closing Party
Wednesday, June 15, from 4 pm to 6 pm, at OBORO

June 16–18, from 12 pm to 5 pm, at OBORO


Sonorium is an exploratory sound workshop of ten sessions offered to grade 1 students at École Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine, a local neighbourhood school. Led by artists Magali Babin and Stéphane Claude, the workshop activities develop the students’ listening skills and heighten their awareness of the sound environment in which they live, as well as teach them to identify surprising sounds, qualities, and textures.

The activities are organized around five themes, through which children learn to recognize the architectural sounds of their school, the environmental sounds of the neighbourhood, sounds produced by voice, sounds performed live, as well as electronic sounds. The workshop familiarizes them with various techniques for creating sound, one of our art centre’s areas of expertise.

Once each theme has been explored, the recordings made by the students are added to a module, a sort of sound box. By the end of the workshop, five interrelated modules will make up the Sonorium, a dynamic habitat for storing sounds, listening to them, studying how they are affected by different transmission and listening conditions, as well as inhabiting a world of sound through playful means.

Sonorium will culminate in a closing party and small exhibition, presented by the participants at OBORO. 

The project is supported by the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, and Ville de Montréal.

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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).

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.