I Don’t Tell Stories, 2014

What is in this space should not be presented, nor introduced, nor anticipated.

In this space, je ne raconte pas d’histoires(I don’t tell stories); I create a ‘story of space’ that forces us to constantly adjust our perceptions, our doubts, our fantasies; I create a porous line on the border between what is and what could be.

Stories bring us out of the spaces into which we enter. They take us elsewhere after we have already come here.

It is not at all a question of leaving a space but rather of entering it, of
entering it fully. It is a question of seeing more, hearing more, perceiving more.
Of being on the look-out.

Excerpt from Situation 2, close to the window facing the automated curtains (random programming) – 03:13
(please listen with headphones in order to hear the aproximation of the spatial diffusion)

2 site-specific sound fictions were created on site during three different residency stays.

The first fiction is located right in front of the entrance. The whole audio content emphasizes the relation between outdoor and indoor events.

The second fiction is situated in front of a large window for which curtains were customized, motorized and automatized (max/msp). The curtains move according to different rhythms, in relation to the audio. The visitor hears people arriving, taking places close to them, maybe too close. They listen to people talking in the office, just behind them. The sensation of realness is accentuated by the very concrete movement of the curtains and by the sound gaps between the movements (fast, very fast, short, slow, long…) that are seen and those that are heard.

A long video sequence shot is projected in a narrow corridor. The visitor follows two people who are walking, at night, in an empty street. They try to understand what they are saying, but is never able to pick up complete sentences: the sounds of the surroundings (airplanes, train, cars…) constantly muffle their discussion.

Sporobole, Sherbrooke. Audio players, motorized curtains, max/msp and Arduino programming, outdoor speakers (see “sound window” device), objects, video projection, headphones. Special thanks to Delphine, to Maroussia, and to all who participated in the recordings. Photo: Tanya St-Pierre et Julie Faubert.