Three Sounds

April 18 - June 15, 2019

Performance and Book & Record Launch
June 11
Suoni per il Popolo Festival
Black Seas Large Ensemble with Thierry Amar, Elizabeth Anka Vajagic, Mathieu Ball, Steve Bates, Michaela Grill, Timothy Herzog, Christof Kurzmann, Mark Molnar, Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt, Sophie Trudeau, Robin Wattie, and special guest, Sam Shalabi.

Three Sounds is a multi-channel video and sound installation that revolves around three non-linear stories: Noise, Voices and Music. The three stories unfold, one after the other, supported by details that form reminiscent links between them.

Three Sounds is part of Black Seas, a larger body of sound, moving image, installation, performance works which began in 2015. Black Seas is a project about listening to noise through desire, agency and encounter.

The digital version of the publication for Three Sounds is available via Dazibao here.
The print version is available here.

Image: Marilou Crispin

Anchored in historical and contemporary experiences of auditory hallucination, Three Sounds is inspired by the breadth and depth of this sound world in both pathological and non-pathological instances and the continuum between these two extremes. The project is influenced by multiple sources from literature to film, visual art, music, sound and media art as well as cognitive science, psychiatry, anthropology, religious studies, philosophy and shared stories.

Image: Marilou Crispin

Image: Marilou Crispin

Image: Marilou Crispin

Three Sounds

Elizabeth Anka Vajagic, Velibor Božović, Robin Wattie, Mathieu Ball

Oswaldo Toledano

Second camera, video and sound
Steve Bates

Music recording and mixing
Timothy Herzog

Robin Wattie, Mathieu Ball, Elizabeth Anka Vajagic, Steve Bates

with contributions from:
Christof Kurzmann, Angelica Castelló, Burkhard Stangl, Martin Brandlmayr, Mark Molnar, Thierry Amar, Sophie Trudeau, Kevin Doria, Timothy Herzog, Rebecca Foon, David Bryant, Blake Hargreaves, Seijiro Murayama, and Bruno Julian / Jean-Sébastien Truchy (Moloss).

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To all of the people who have shared their stories of hallucination with me; thank you. May your sound world be as you desire.

Endless gratitude to Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt and François J. Bonnet for their generous contributions to the publication accompanying this exhibition and their thinking on sound.

Thank you to the many collaborators involved in Three Sounds, and the larger project of Black Seas, to the galleries, venues, festivals, programmers and curators who have supported the research and presented work from this ongoing project in its various iterations, all of the remarkable staff at Dazibao; France Choinère / Jennifer Pham / Emma-Kate Guimond / Marilou Crispin / Christine Boudreau, Eric Mattson, Michaela Grill, Douglas Moffat, the Suoni per il Popolo Festival, Jennifer Garland / Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University, the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseils des arts et des lettres du Québec.

Three Sounds is immeasurably indebted to someone who wishes to remain anonymous. I am extremely grateful for their friendship and for their generosity, contribution, and commitment to this project. To say this exhibition and publication would not exist without them is entirely true. Thank you.

As always, if not for; jake moore.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.