Friday, July 22, 4-5pm EDT, online via Zoom webinar
Join us in listening to Simon Fuh’s new audio work, Greenlight: Carlaw. Inspired by a group of teens that were caught squatting in a vacant house for sale in Toronto’s east end, this work-in-progress sound piece places the listener in the perspective of a tenant occupying a basement rental unit below. Unfolding like an abstract radio play, listeners become sonic “voyeurs” to the teens’ overnight stay - their movements, conversations, and activities all heard as though passing through floorboards. A cast of characters and sounds unfold as the oblivious youth slowly build a party from initial break in, to crescendo.
Audibility is a three part online speaker series that explores language, sound and music. Using the thematics found in Jesse Chun’s exhibition And verse (혼잣말의 언어 그리고 cosmos) as a starting point, Casey Mecija, Simon Fuh and Scott Benesiinaabandan present audio, research and ideas that transgress notions of listening and hearing.
If you missed Casey Mecija's talk from March, or would like to revisit it, you can listen to Queer Diaspora and the “Sounds that Mark My Words” here.
A forthcoming presentation will take place in the fall by artist Scott Benesiinaabandan.
CC Audibility events will include closed captioning.
Casey Mecija is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Media Studies at York University and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. Her current research examines sound as a mode of affective, psychic and social representation, specifically in relation to diasporic experience. Drawing on sound studies, queer diaspora studies and Filipinx Studies, her research considers how sensorial encounters are enmeshed and disciplined by social and psychic conditions. Her work suggests that media production enables diasporic people to create forms of belonging that defy racialized ascriptions born from racism, colonialism, and their gendered dimensions. She is also a musician and filmmaker, whose work has received a number of accolades and has been presented internationally.
Simon Fuh is an artist and writer based in Toronto, ON. He has a Master’s of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC Scholarship. His diverse artistic practice is broadly interested in the unending tension between desire and lack, and how collaboration can reframe lack as the site of potential. Often taking the form of video and sound installation, his work incorporates themes of utopian imagination, parties, and memory. Recent exhibitions include Memory Theatre, 1 Spadina Cres. (Toronto, ON) places where sounds turn to dreams…, Hearth Gallery (Toronto, ON), Eternal Wish Radio, Forest City Gallery (London, ON), and Down the Rabbit Hole, 330g (Saskatoon, SK). Simon has published writing with C Magazine, Hearth Gallery, and Susan Hobbs Gallery, and will be publishing an artist book with Gravitron Press in 2022.
Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe (Obishkkokaang) intermedia artist that primarily works in photography, video, audio and printmaking. His research interests are the intersections of artificial intelligence and Anishinaabemowin. Currently, he is investigating audio works, light sculptures, and virtual reality. Benesiinaabandan has exhibited across Canada and internationally, notably Harbourfront’s Flatter the Land/Bigger the Ruckus, Subconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, GHOSTDANCE at Ryerson Image Centre, unSacred at Gallery 1C03, mii omaa ayaad/Oshiki Inendemowin in Sydney, Blood Memories in Melbourne, and was commissioned by CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. He has also held residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland, University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency, and Initiative for Indigenous Futures and AbTec in Montreal. Benesiinaabandan received his MFA in photography from Concordia University.