Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point before the advertised start time.UK PREMIEREA group of people walk without speaking for an hour. Together they form a kind of mute yet noisy 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 audiences on walks in 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, citizenship, and how a city changes.
Listening Choir - Intersite Visual Arts Festival from Christopher Willes on Vimeo.
Print design by Jeremy McCormick. Listening Choir was developed with support from Videofag (Toronto) and Waterfront Toronto.
In collaboration with ELAN, supported by Canada Council for the Arts and co-curated with Studio 303 (Montreal).
Christopher Willes is an artist based in Toronto and Montreal. He makes performances, music, exhibitions, and often works in contemporary dance contexts. He is also part of the Toronto based collective Public Recordings. christopherwilles.com
Adam Kinner is an American artist living in Montreal. His work takes the form of performance, dance, music, and documentation. adamkinner.ca