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This is the 13th year for send + receive, Winnipeg's annual showcase of sound art, and the fest is celebrating its terrible teens with the theme of "noise and disruption." Artists from Manitoba, Canada and around the world will be showcasing edgy, exploratory audio-based art that deals with issues of communication, technology and the politics of sound and silence.
Toronto-based Cristof Migone
should bring plenty of noise and disruption to Albert Street on Friday at 5:00 p.m., when he organizes a multi-person happening in which participants lie down in the street, each banging a microphone 1000 times on the ground at his or her own pace. The amplified sounds become an audible metaphor for individuals engaging in collective action.
French artist Julie Rousse
is a sound sculptor. She makes field recordings of construction sites, traffic snarls, barking dogs -all those things that can drive city-dwellers crazy. But she takes these raw sounds and shapes them into evocative, strangely beautiful aural landscapes in improvised electronic performances.
Rousse will be performing Friday night at the Atomic Centre along with Winnipeg's White Dog
, an artist who likes to push the psychological edges of sound, and prolific Basque artist Mattin
, who explores issues of sound, technology and social space.
There are also some sound-related gallery shows running in conjunction with the festival, including work by ingenious Winnipegger Erika Lincoln
at Video Pool
and Swiss artist Zimoun
at Platform Centre
opens Dead Air, a sound-based show by Steve Bates
, founding artistic director of send + receive. A former Winnipegger now based in Montreal, Bates takes a haunting look at the development of standardized international time.
In one room, snare drums emit an eerie soundscape sculpted out of different national time beacons. (You know the Canadian one: "The beginning of the long dash following 10 seconds of silence indicates exactly one o'clock, Eastern Standard Time.") Distorted, layered and looped, these sounds betray their crisp, official origins, transforming into melancholy, elegiac electronic music.
Bates also compares the subjective experience of time with the relatively recent historical development of standardized international time. He starts with a video of various people trying to estimate a one-minute interval -- their guesses vary wildly - and then moves to an audio work involving digital clock-radios that flash the subjects' estimated intervals. With unsettling passages of static and sudden bursts of radio transmissions, this is a subtle, unsettling work.
Audio art is sometimes viewed as the poor sibling to video art, but as the work in send + receive demonstrates, its medium and its messages seem to be increasingly urgent and important these days. In a culture blanketed by urban noise and electronic background chatter, audio art asks us to stop and listen. Alison Gillmor, CBC reviewer
Image in Middle is of Steve Bates' work and is courtesy of the artist