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, religious studies, 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, performances, studio and field recordings, site visits, exhibitions and talks have taken place at Oboro (Montréal, QC), The Place of Silence: Experience, Environment and Affect Symposium at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Edinburgh, Scotland), Radio Revolten (Halle, Germany), WORM/Klangendum (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Laboratoire du paysage /Zone Rouge (Verdun, France), Elektronmusicstudio (EMS) (Stockholm, Sweden), Something Else! Festival of Creative Music (Hamilton, ON), Tuned City (Ancient Messene, Greece), Imago Dei Festival (Krems, Austria), Krems Artist-in-Residence (Krems, Austria), bb15 Space for Contemporary Art (Linz, Austria), Zentrale (Vienna, Austria), Tsonami Festival (Valparaiso, Chile), Waaw Centre for Art and Design (St. Louis, Senegal), Fonderie Darling (Montréal, QC), and Sightings - Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery (Montréal, QC).
From April 18 - June 15, 2019, there will be a solo exhibition at Dazibao (Montréal, QC) curated by France Choinière with a print (Dazibao) and sound publication (The Dim Coast). As part of this exhibition, a Black Seas Large Ensemble performance will take place during the Suoni per il Popolo Festival.
Black Seas takes into consideration the the physical/material elements of hallucination, ideas of agency implicit in the experience, and the impact of forces such as colonialism, capitalism, state terror, and oppression on the phenomena.
Black Seas considers the vast and rich sonic experience of historical and contemporary hallucination as a fascinating study of sound and soundscape while acknowledging the experience can be full of terror, confusion, annoyance, boredom, and banality, an intrusion and a welcome accompaniment.
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 (directly and indirectly).