Installation and performance by Saskatoon artist Ellen Moffat. Festival SOUNDS LIKE VI. Saskatoon. Produced by Paved Arts, Art Council of Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Le Bloc ORAL. Curated by ERIC MATTSON. 13 to 17 of July, 2016.
Surfaces, materials and objects are resonators and conductors for sound making in audio installation and performance. A rhythmic, low frequency signal of varying amplitude pulses as a recurring audio presence, the sound ranging from near silence to noise as direct and as secondary sound. The signal vibrates the interfaces and objects directly; sound is amplified and distributed by the materials. Vibration triggers spatial movement of the objects, causing sonic collisions and releasing resonant frequencies as secondary sound. surface : signals explores resonance, relations and sound making using Dadaist play, punning, experimentation and metaphor.
Ellen Moffat is a media installation artist whose work focuses on sound and space, image and text in independent, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Rooted in the vocabulary of sculpture - space, the body and materiality - her primary media is sound. Her audio projects range from multi-channel installations, to electroacoustic instruments, to performance and live actions, to community projects. Recurring elements in her work are constructed and found interfaces, transducers, real-time processing and experimental sound-making using high-low technology and aesthetics. Her investigation is a poetic and conceptual inquiry into sound and space, experience, communication and social relations.
Her work has been presented throughout Canada and internationally in Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, Venice, Paris, Brooklyn and Florida. As a cultural worker, she has completed contracts as sessional instructor, community resident artist and writer. Born in Toronto, she is based in Saskatoon where she is a Professional Affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan.
Performed on Thursday July 14th at Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra store front
Gave an Artist Talk on Friday July 15th @ 4:30PM located at the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra space
Closing Reception Participation located at Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra store front @ 4:00PM