THE SOUND OF EMPTY SPACE
Adam Basanta is a composer and sound artist. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, he grew up in Vancouver. Since 2010, he lives and works in Montréal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (2010) and a Master’s degree in Composition and Installation of Sound Art from Concordia University in Montréal (2013). His concert music has been presented in Canada and abroad, and he has received several national and international awards, including the Acousmatic Composition Competition Metamorphoses (Belgium, 2010) and the John Weinzweing Grand Prize of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada, 2012). His audio and audiovisual installations have been shown in galleries and festivals in North America and Europe. He received an honorable mention in the Art Hybrid category of the Prix Ars Electronica (2013) and won the Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Artists in Media Arts (2014). The Sound of Empty Space is the first solo exhibition of the artist in an art gallery.
—OPENING ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AT 5:30 PM
Through electroacoustic and instrumental compositions, in situ sound installations and improvisations, Adam Basanta questions the conceptual and sensory intersections of listening and audiovisual perception. Through the self-generation of controlled Larsen effects (feedback), he explores the relationships between microphones, speakers and sound environments. At Galerie B-312, the artist proposes several installations that decline this physical phenomenon of acoustic feedback. He exploites the sound as an impalpable and malleable material that offers multiple possibilities.
The artist would like to thank Patrick Saint-Denis, Antonin Sorel and Jennifer Chaput for their assistance and advice.
—Summary of text by CHLOÉ DUCROQ