visits by appointment


22.08 — 04.09 / 2022


Student at bachelor’s degree in sound creation at the Université de Montréal, Gabriela Hébert was offered a two-week artist residency at Sporobole. The sound work resulting from this residency will be broadcast in the sound window.



With this sound installation, the passerby’s attention is drawn to a sound (and visual) landscape parallel to the one where they’re standing. Words, sounds, whether recognizable or unknown, are played in order to subtly immerse them in this sound dimension. To consider or to ignore. To look or to see. To listen or to hear. 

This installation aims to challenge the connectivity of the community, which has been polarized for the last two years. Through thoughts, words and laughter that gather, clash, struggle, adapt and coexist. Inspired by the surrealist movement, this project is in the essence of oneirism and paradox. Living a present frozen in time, shared in the present moment.

This soundscape is conceived as an imaginary world inspired by the tones of nature and urban noises that we can all identify with, immersing us in an ephemeral time and space. A conversation between glitch and bird, symbolizing the paradox of worlds coexisting in the melodies of modernity. The composition uses unwanted sounds usually captured during field recording (such as wind, glitch and the teeming city), resulting in a new aesthetic that evolves throughout the day, paralleling nature, and smoothly visiting the potential of extremes.


Through 16 speakers, exchanges in different languages will be broadcasted, inviting the attempt to understand and exchange. Walking towards the center of the installation, the languages mix, intermingle and end up defining themselves in the language we understand (presented here in French) by moving away towards the extremities.


Photo credits
Art direction and model: gabrielahebert
Photograph: Jessy Colucci