I Don’t Tell Stories, 2014

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

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.

The stories told 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 into 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 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 as been customized, motorized and automatized (max/msp). The curtains are moving according to different rhythms, in relation to the audio. The visitor hears people arriving, taking place, close, maybe too close to him. She listens to people talking in the office, just behind her. 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 the ones that are heard.

A long video sequence shot is projected in a narrow corridor. The visitor follows two persons who are walking, at night, in an empty street. He or she tries to understand what they are saying, but is never able to pick up complete sentences: the sounds of the surroundings (airplanes, train, cars…) are constantly muffling 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, Maroussia, and all who participated in the recordings. Photo: Tanya St-Pierre et Julie Faubert.