Of all the hearers

Of all the hearers
Curated by Katie Chagnon
A satellite exhibition space of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery
May 14 – September 16, 2018

Performance: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The hearers: jake moore & Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt

A longer text and sound samples can be found on the Sightings website here.

Of all the hearers is a new work situated in a larger body of work I refer to as Black Seas, which is influenced by historical and contemporary experiences of pathological and non-pathological auditory hallucination.

Of all the hearers is an enactment of a report with accompanying soundtrack. It consists of a letter describing a strange auditory phenomenon submitted to the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research in 1891 (published in 1893) by Sarah Jenkins, a young woman from Boston. She writes of a well-known and respected elderly musician in her neighbourhood who dies unexpectedly. This event triggers a strange sonic phenomenon experienced the night of the musician’s funeral by her, her mother, her two sisters and a friend. An otherworldly “burst of music” such as they had never heard before passes around the room. Sarah can only describe it as being “like a burst of sunshine in sound.”

Thank you: jake moore, Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt, Charline Lemieux, Douglas Moffat, Katrie Chagnon, Michèle Thériault, Robin Simpson, Hugues Dugas, and all of the staff and interns of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Sporobole centre en art actuel, France Choinière, Kelly Thompson, Barbara Layne, André Lamarre, and the Canada Council for the Arts.