Listening Choir

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. 

Developed through a residency at Videofag in Kensington Market. 
Photography: Claire Harvie, Emma Jones, and Dahlia Katz

Previous performances:
Fierce Festival, Birmingham UK 2017
West Don Lands, Waterfront Toronto, Toronto, 2017
Open Ears Festival, Kitchener 2016
Art of the Danforth, 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
Summerworks Performance Festival, Toronto 2015

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Arts Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Waterfront Toronto in developing this project.