Project by Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner
Print designed with Jeremy McCormick
A group of people walk without speaking for an hour. Together they form a kind of silent choir, listening as they walk, their movements becoming songs. They hear loud things, and unheard things, what’s been drowned out or quieted; the endless refrain of a city.
Listening Choir is a project that takes participants on walks through public spaces. Throughout the walk each participant carries a cardboard loudspeaker that records and plays sounds along the way. These sounds are choreographed in various ways, evoking the immediate past, the sonic dislocation of objects and voices onto others, and the folding of histories and places on top of one another.
Agreeing to drift without speaking, audiences are invited into an encounter with a continually fractured soundscape that reflects on notions of public space, participation, and how a city changes. Continuing out of rich traditions like soundwalking and the situationist dérive, Listening Choir considers how sounds intersect the histories, policies, and affects embedded within city spaces.
Developed through a residency at Videofag in Kensington Market.
Photography: Claire Harvie, Ellen Furey, and Dahlia Katz
Open Sesame Gallery, Open Ears Festival, Kitchener 2016
Art of the Danforth, offsite festival, Toronto, 2016
The New Gallery, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Calgary 2015
Stride, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Calgary 2015
Untitled Arts Society, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Calgary 2015
Theatre Centre, Summerworks Performance Festival, Toronto 2015
September 2017, The West Don Lands, Waterfront Toronto, Canada
October 2017, Fierce Festival, Birmingham, UK