For their intervention, the Very Low Frequency Dub Collective (VLFDC) will explore the space of Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled 1996 (rehearsal studio no. 6) (2023) for very low frequency (VLF) radio signals.
These will be diffused into the room as amplified sounds and transduced vibrations—with additional beats introduced on turntables. Resonances that emerge will be captured with ambient microphones, and will be recorded live to lathe cut records that will then be remixed back into the evolving soundscape. This process will be repeated throughout the length of the performance, resulting in a cascading buildup of revealed frequencies.
The VLFDC includes Owen Chapman and several artists/students – Alanna Stuart (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipient, Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab Fellow, Radio Starmaker Fund board member, and MA student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University), Angus Tarnawsky (Communication Studies PhD student at Concordia University), Nik Forrest (PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University), Thea Chapman (BA student in Communication Studies at Concordia University), and Warsame Isse (MA in Media Studies student at Concordia University).
Alanna Stuart is Caribbean-Canadian music artist and cultural studies researcher. Her Polaris Prize-nominated duo, Bonjay, creates and performs a bass heavy, soul-driven hybrid sound that the New York Times hailed as “Canadian Dancehall”. She is also a proud member of the Queer Songbook Orchestra. Outside the studio, Stuart conducts research in “diversity” and “innovation”. She uses Jamaican popular music history to explore how creative industries engage with socially marginalized cultural producers around the world. Stuart is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship recipient, Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab Fellow, Radio Starmaker Fund board member, and MA student in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.
Angus Tarnawsky is an artist, musician, educator, and researcher who is pursuing a Communication Studies PhD at Concordia University. His current research examines the role of sound art in urban spaces, focusing particularly on the social and political dimensions of everyday listening practices. As part of Concordia’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, as well as the multi-institution SpokenWeb research partnership, he works closely with a range of collaborators to produce lathe-cut records using repurposed 1940s disc cutting machines.
Honeydrip has been a notable name in the Montréal underground electronic scene for over 8 years. Having built her reputation in the burgeoning local rave scene, she is now mostly associated with bass music as a producer, DJ, and speaker builder. Her practice is heavily inspired by Dub, Reggae, and Dancehall, and she aims to create new sounds and ideas through hybridization and exploration.
Nik Forrest is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tiohtia:ke/Montréal. Their work has been shown at festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally, and they are currently a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Humanities program at Concordia University. Their recent projects consider non-binary approaches to sound and listening as methods for reorienting perception beyond habitual boundaries, categories, and relations.
Owen Chapman is a composer, DJ, and researcher. His work addresses the place of sound in everyday life. He is a Professor of Sound Production and Scholarship in the department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Thea Chapman is an emergent abstract turntablist and BA student in Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Warsame Isse is a Somali Diasporic Multimedia artist and researcher based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. He graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Communication Studies, and a BA in Western Society and Culture (2021). He is currently pursuing an MA in Media Studies at Concordia University. He focuses on the process of remediation and interactivity to counter-archive stories in the Somali Diaspora in a more immersive and embodied manner. He aims to see how various forms of media can empower people to express the more ineffable aspects of memory, language, and the Black Diasporic experience.
More Events at PHI
December 7, 2023, January 18, February 8 and March 7
The PHI Foundation invites you to participate in a guided tour led by our team of educators in order to discover the exhibition JOUEZ/PLAY by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and March 7
A selection of influential albums from Montréal will be curated by three special guests: Marilou Lyonnais Archambault, Patti Schmidt, and Marie-Douce St-Jacques