Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Jen Reimer (CAN) & Max Stein (USA) are sound artists based in Montréal. Their work explores the resonances and serendipities of urban and rural sonic environments through in-situ performances, installations and spatial recordings.
Since 2008 they have created performances and installations in abandoned, transient and vast resonant spaces in Montréal and abroad including Wellington Tunnel, St Urbain Underpass, Bain St-Michel (Montréal), Mãe D’ Água (Lisboa, PT), Tunnel Bénedit-Jobin (Marseille, FR), Rotonda Besana (Milan IT), Vapaan Taiteen Tila (Helsinki, FI) and Sottopassaggio di Porta Vescovo (Verona, IT). Their performances combine live and processed horn and field recordings with the inherent sonic environment to create an immersive and physical experience of sound and space.
They have collaborated with various festivals and organizations including Suoni per Il Popolo, HTMlles, Inaudibles, matralab, Laboratoire sur les récits du soi mobile, Pop Montréal (Montréal, QC), Audioparc & Galerie Verticale (Laval, QC), Send + Receive (Winnipeg, MB), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, IS), Summer We Go Public (Skagaströnd, IS), Eastern Bloc (Montréal, QC), Sound Development City (Lisbon, PT & Marseille, FR), Äänen Lumo (Helsinki, FI), Videosoundart Festival (Milan, IT), Art in Odd Places (New York, NY), Live Arts Cultures (Venice, IT), P A T H Festival (Verona, IT), MADAM (Milan, IT) and Les Digitales (Lausanne, CH).
They have recorded and released their music on various formats, including a 10″ vinyl featuring two live performances (Saint Urbain Underpass/ Square Victoria Métro- self-released) and cassette tape featuring one live performance and one studio recording (Lisboa/Skagaströnd-Hula Honeys).
Sounding the City
Sounding the City is an online exhibition dedicated to capturing urban environments and re-imagining their soundscapes through site-specific installations and acoustic interventions. These installations emerge from their surroundings and occur in the environments themselves. They invite our ears to focus on the music of the places we find ourselves in, and draw our gaze towards characteristics of urban environments that might otherwise go unnoticed. These interventions aim to transcend our everyday experience of space by blurring the perceptual lines between what is natural and what has been inserted into the environment.