Black Seas

September 29 - November 25, 2017
Sporobole (Sherbrook, QC)

Black Seas is an ongoing project investigating historical and contemporary experiences of auditory hallucination through sound and music, film and video, installation, performance, broadcast, objects and materials. Drawing from horror literature and film, cognitive science, philosophy and sound studies, histories of nihilism and pessimism, mysticism, and telecommunications, Black Seas considers experiences of auditory hallucination as creative and electro-chemical responses to existential and sensorial voids, hyper-stress, auditory and mental health conditions. Cognitive science and psychological study is quickly revealing the depth and breadth in which hallucination is experienced amongst general populations.

To date research has taken place at the Elektronmusikstudion (EMS-Stockholm), John P. Robarts Research Library & Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (University of Toronto), Oboro artist-run centre, The Place of Silence: Experience, Environment, and Affect symposium at the Edinburgh School of Architecture, Radio Revolten (Halle, Germany), and Landscape Architecture and the Verdun forest and World War One battlefields (Verdun, France).

Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for financial support of this project, Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), Oboro, and Mono-Mono, Mark Dorrian and Christos Kakalis.