We are delighted to welcome Argentinian artist Alejandro Brianza for a two-week residency in sound creation from August 03 to 23, 2023. This proposal marks the second edition of the Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) project organized by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) in partnership with Sporobole.
There are many speculations about what the future will be like: there are those who think of a cumulative linearity, which is positive; but there are also those who believe that, hand in hand with environmental problems such as global warming, disputes over natural resources and other socio-political conflicts, we are on the way to the destruction not only of societies as we know them, but also of the planet itself.
The development of online applications, experiences of virtuality – accelerated by the pandemic – and multiverses, understood through Bauman’s (2003) lens, only fragment and delocalize society. However, this phenomenon also turns typical dystopian worlds into decentralized problems: they are no longer global conflicts that affect the whole of humanity but a multiplicity of small dystopias that appear in a rhizomatic way and must be dealt with in a particular way.
Retrophonography is a project that operates at the crossroads between artistic creation, speculative design (2012) and the concept of futurability (2019) and dystopia, imagining one of those fictitious micro futures, in which humanity has been considerably reduced, and where, hand in hand with the field sound recording, we try to reconstruct some situations that so far have no explanation. Thus, retrophonography is carried out by means of a speculative recording device that allows to obtain the past soundscapes to which certain objects -stones, found tools, plants- have belonged or have been exposed.
The project proposes to compose a record log for this fictitious future for which field recordings will be made and then intervened and post-produced to be functional to the imagined dystopia. Urban field recording is planned for downtown Sherbrooke, as well as nearby open spaces such as Mont-Orford National Park and Sutton Nature Park.