sound recordings, interactive installation | duration: 2 hours total | isadora, Bell Telephone booth interface, projection, arduino
'PART OF '"ON EST TOUS UN GROUPE D'AMIS ICI" (WE ARE ALL FRIENDS HERE)', Montreal 2015
CROSSED LINES is a sound installation housed in a Bell telephone booth that invites passers by to listen to interviews with a variety of people in downtown Montreal. By referring to the directory, users can dial and listen to the thoughts of tourists, strippers, small business oweners, artists, homeless, protesters, police and more, all whilst seeing the sound visualised in realtime as a knitted waveform.
The interviews were recorded as part of a 6 week research residency in May / Juen 2015, and build a complex portrait of the city's downtown district. There are many overlapping concerns, but also conflicting perspectives, on everything from art to gentrification, policing to protest, and tourism to trade. Notably in the 5 years since recording, a number of the small business traders have disappeared from the downtown area - a sign of the changing economics of Montreal.
The installation was originally housed in Place de la Paix, Montreal, as part of ESPACE COMMUN. CROSSED LINES is one of a series of works , collectively entitled - "On est tous un groupe d’amis ici” (We are all friends here) - created with MTL artist Marilene Gaudet, that also include knitted textile installations, and a stop motion knitted animation.
Produced by National Film Board of Canada, Quartier des Spectacles, Mutek and FACT Liverpool
"how to live together?"
November 2015 – Human Futures, FACT, Liverpool, UK
October 2015 – Espace Commun, Montreal, Canada
Marilene Gaudet - https://cargocollective.com/marilenegaudet
Article - La Presse - 'Le Lac Meech', Oct 2015 - http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/6ac184a0-8331-4129-88b2-6aba00f4b921|_0.html
Article - ONF - 'La boîte vocale publique' - https://blogue.onf.ca/blogue/2015/10/15/la-boite-vocale-publique/
Article - ONF - 'La société du spectacle' - https://blogue.onf.ca/blogue/2015/10/13/societe-du-spectacle/
Article - ONF - 'Chérie, j’ai hacké la machine à tricot!' - https://blogue.onf.ca/blogue/2015/10/08/cherie-jai-hacke-machine-tricot/
Article - ONF - 'Espace commun? | Un parcours de 8 oeuvres inédites pour repenser l’art dans l’espace public à l’ère numérique' - https://blogue.onf.ca/blogue/2015/10/01/espace-commun/