Sonic Cartography – portuguese neighbourhood, Montreal, 2010

Sonic Cartography is a soundwalk that takes place in the portuguese neighbourhood of Montreal. It crosses the paths of many of its inhabitants, parks, and back alleys.

In relation to the soundwalk, I used the gallery window as a surface of inscription where the graphic representation of the area became associated to a subjective description of the neighbourhood soundscape. On the top of the window, the outdoor speakers are announcing in disorder the spatial directions in relation to the soundwalk (« take left on St-Laurent » ; « you are now entering the park » ; « take the back alley on your right », etc.), and mixing the sounds and places of the journey.

For the opening, I asked a group of performers to realize an implausible actions on the soundwalk route (drawing a line backwards on the sidewalks during one kilometre; waiting in many positions on different locations; lying on the ground in a dark alley; being dressed in yellow and moving yellow objects under a street light) in order to install a doubtful state of attention.

With the participation of Marie-Andrée Rho, Isabel Mohn, Hinda Essadiqi, Marika Nelson, and Maroussia Faubert-Bravo’s group .

Sound intervention in the outdoor speakers of the gallery, and soundwalk (duration: 35 minutes). Audio players, headphones, translucent paper, adhesive paper, self-adhesive cardboard. Photo: Julie Faubert and João Bravo.