IICSI Resident Artists: Jen Reimer & Max Stein, Sounding the City (Québec)

Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Montreal-based sound artists Jen Reimer and Max Stein are in residence in Guelph this year through the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI). About their project, they say: “There is a musicality to the sounds of a city: the lingering resonance of a church bell, the subterranean rumble of an approaching train, the cacophony of cyclists, cars, trucks and trains in transit, and the gentle, pulsating drone that emanates from street lights, power lines and ventilation ducts. These sounds create a meditative counterpoint to the intermittent rhythms of the urban soundscape. Sounding the City is an online exhibition dedicated to capturing urban environments and re-imagining their soundscapes through site-specific installations and acoustic interventions. These installations emerge from their surroundings and occur in the environments themselves. They invite our ears to focus on the music of the places we find ourselves in, and draw our gaze towards characteristics of urban environments that might otherwise go unnoticed. These interventions aim to transcend our everyday experience of space by blurring the perceptual lines between what is natural and what has been introduced into the environment.”

‘Sounding the City’ Exhibition, 2nd Floor, Boarding House Gallery Space, open throughout the Festival, plus site-specific installations throughout Downtown Guelph

Sounding the City website
Reimer & Stein website