Bunker Bartók

Les Transformables v.102
Curated by Eric Mattson
Eastern Bloc, Montréal, QC
June 9-12, 2016

Curated by Eric Mattson
PAVED ARTS, Saskatoon, SA
July 13-17, 2016

Bunker Bartók is a sound work recorded at Le fort de Souville on the World War One battlefield of Verdun, France, in November 2015. The acoustic space of this site was recorded by suspending two omnidirectional microphones into a machine gun turret that connected to a tunnel leading to other parts of the fortress. Now bathed in an eery quiet, the turret holds only the sound of the surrounding forest reflecting off of its 18” thick steel walls. As a careful act of intervention into the site, I placed a small FM radio to hear the acoustic effect of the turret and large underground bunker. By chance, a Béla Bartók violin ballad was broadcast at the same time - Sonate No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 27, here performed by Gilles Apap. The music, in concert with the sound of absence which opens the piece, work together as a kind of sonic elegy.

Merci: Mono-Mono (François Martig, Émilie Roi, Eve Demaux), the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for financial support of this project.