Guest curator: France Jobin
DHC/ART presents LOUNGE, an event presented in the context of the exhibition Ryoji Ikeda. LOUNGE is an audio project developed in a minimalist aesthetic, the result of a long process of reflection on ways of listening in the context of the public presentation of audio art.
LOUNGE proposes an environment inspired by the architecture of the presentation space, an environment entirely dedicated to listening. The presentation takes its inspiration from the Montreal piano bars of the 1950s and explores new ways of perceiving and experiencing the listening process, all while questioning the relationship between performer and performance, intimacy and immensity, self and solitude, and between human and machine. This exploratory environment serves as backdrop for Seth Horvitz’s “Eight Studies for Automatic Piano” and Laura Cetilia’s captivating approach to the cello, one that combines virtuosity with inventiveness.
In this context of performed sound art, the contrast between acoustic instruments used in very different ways is brought to the fore; one using computer-based composition, and the other using an approach to playing where traditional methods are subverted. These approaches are complemented by a very positive sort of synesthesia created by the presence of the sound in the architectural space. It is in this spirit of synesthesia that LOUNGE forms part of the development of France Jobin’s curatorial practice, highlighting her deep belief that the public’s experience of sound art must happen immersively.