Edith Normandeau :: Audio/dislocation

2011-04-11 10:00 - 2011-06-03 10:00
Edith Normandeau
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Studio XX continues its residency program 2010-2011 by welcoming the artist Edith Normandeau from April 11 to June 3, 2011. Her residency work will be presented  September 22, 2011 at the Wired Women Salon 85.

TITLE : « Audio/dislocation »

Constructing sound situations in a satellite era!

“Audio/dislocation” is an interactive game that uses GPS to engage the listener’s body and hearing. Through her movements, the listener triggers geographically referenced sound tracks. Four scenarios, each differently composed and narrated, can be activated, as well as associated sound excerpts - fragmented and distributed in the area to create short term redundancies or ‘mises en abyme’ (loops, flashes, jingles, rhythms) and experiential challenges.

Based on Studio XX’s Matricules sound archives, “Audio/dislocation” presents an electronic, immersive, unpredictable and liberating fragmentation at Lafontaine Park. Sensors linked to an Arduino platform will mix the sound files live according to the park’s environmental elements, such as brightness, temperature, altitude and sound intensity. In each listening situation, doubling back to rehear a sound excerpt is always possible; a new direction produces a change in the sound track associated between two geographic points, towards a tree, around a belvedere or along a footpath. The scenarios and compositions unfold depending on the listener’s path.

Edith Normandeau’s Audio/dislocation is being developed during an artist residency at Studio XX in collaboration with the Audiotopie collective, namely David Martin, who will be undertaking an artist residency at Perte de Signal for this same project. Edith Normandeau wishes to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their financial support for the “Audio/dislocation” project.


Edith Normandeau, M.A.Sc. Urban Planning Media Artist, landscape architect

After received a BFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2000 and a certificate in urban planning management from CNAM, Paris, in 2002, Edith Normandeau has collaborated with artist Julie Dallaire, exhibiting photography and video projects together in France and in Quebec from 1999 to 2003. She was Project Coordinator at Caserne Éphémère in France, and during the same period put into place the Ma ville, un réseau project as well as an Espace Culture Multimédias conference.

Edith Normandeau is specialized in acoustic ecology, obtaining a Masters in Urban Planning, landscape option, at the Université de Montréal in 2008 and a Masters of Advanced Studies from the Centre for research on sonic space & urban environment in Grenoble, France in 2004. She also worked as Mario Côté’s research assistant for Arc-Phono, Hexagram’s sound archiving project, from 2004 to 2008. Normandeau is co-founder of Audiotopie, an artist collective that produces audio and video guides to the city since 2009, putting forth media, mobility and experience design. Her role within the collective primarily consists of narration development and the global production of the audio guides (www.audiotopie.org). Concurrently to developing audio guides, she was also a teaching assistant for the School of Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montréal in 2010-2011. Audiotopie projects have been presented in collaboration with Dare Dare, Studio XX, Péristyle Nomade, Conscience urbaine, Praxis art actuel and Agence Topo.