Black Seas

Currently on exhibition at Sporobole.

Black Seas is an ongoing project investigating historical and contemporary experiences of auditory hallucination through sound and music, film and video, installation, performance, broadcast, objects and materials. Drawing from horror literature and film, cognitive science, philosophy and sound studies, histories of nihilism and pessimism, religious studies, mysticism, and telecommunications. Black Seas considers experiences of auditory hallucination as creative and electro-chemical responses to existential and sensorial voids, hyper-stress, auditory and mental health conditions. Cognitive science and psychological study is quickly revealing the depth and breadth in which hallucination is experienced amongst general populations.

Black Seas takes into consideration the the physical/material elements of hallucination, ideas of agency implicit in the experience, and the impact of forces such as colonialism, capitalism, state terror, and oppression on the phenomena.

Black Seas considers the vast and rich sonic experience of historical and contemporary hallucination as a fascinating study of sound and soundscape while acknowledging the experience can be full of terror, confusion, annoyance, boredom, and banality, an intrusion and a welcome accompaniment.

To date research has taken place at the Elektronmusikstudion (EMS-Stockholm), John P. Robarts Research Library & Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (University of Toronto), Oboro artist-run centre, The Place of Silence: Experience, Environment, and Affect symposium at the Edinburgh School of Architecture, Radio Revolten (Halle, Germany), and Landscape Architecture and the Verdun forest and World War One battlefields (Verdun, France).

Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for financial support of this project (directly and indirectly), Elektronmusikstudion (EMS), Oboro, Mono-Mono, Mark Dorrian and Christos Kakalis, Sporobole Centre en Art Actuel.