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About

Jen Reimer is a sound artist and performer based in Montréal. Her work explores the resonances and serendipities of urban and rural sonic environments through in-situ performances, installations and spatial recordings. She has curated and presented her work in abandoned, transient and resonant spaces in Montréal and abroad.  She received a Bachelor of Music in composition and performance from the University of Alberta, a Graduate Diploma in music performance studies from Concordia University in Montréal and was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Souterrain Artist Residency (Berlin, DE), Nes Artist Residency (Skagaströnd, IS), Forte Marghera (Venice, IT) and a participant in the Sound Development City expedition (Lisbon, PT/ Marseille, FR) in 2013. She has participated in various international festivals including Montréal Highlights Festival, Suoni per Il Popolo, HTMlles/ Studio XX, Pop Montréal, PATH Festival (Verona, IT), Les Digitales (Lausanne, CH), Videosoundart Festival (Milan, IT), Summer We Go Public (Skagaströnd, IS) and Nuit Sonores (Lyon, FR).She is the coordinator of matralab, a research space of inter-x art directed by Sandeep Bhagwati at Concordia University.

 

Projects

Jen Reimer & Max Stein

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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).

www.reimerstein.com

 

 

 

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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.

www.soundingthecity.com

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Tunnel

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Tunnel is an ongoing project by Jen Reimer & Magnus Tiesenhausen. In late September of 2015, they stumbled upon an underground concrete enclosure in a construction site in Montreal. Over the course of the next three weeks, they recorded the sounds of their own voices and actions in the tunnel, transformed and influenced by the architectural dimensions of the space.

The tunnel became a mutual meeting place, and the process by which the two would navigate there each night consisted of a complex repeated pattern of recognized landmarks. A beam of light crossing the path, a downed chain link fence, a swamp’s edge: all directional indications. This ritual of recognition inundated the tunnel pieces, becoming a magic decision-making process which formally structured the recordings.

The resonance of the abandoned space served as a type of prosthetic communication, translating the artists’ voices to the plane of reverberation and resonant frequency, and guiding their actions within the space. The absolute darkness within the tunnel reduced the two to sound sources, each movement of their bodies generating ten-second reverberations, from which certain frequencies would surface and linger. The aural artifacts of the space rendered speech incomprehensible. The artists were only able to communicate in relation to the tuned frequencies in constant ricochet. As a result, the compositions materialized in real time. The melodies and harmonies recorded are human explorations of a complex audio world, aleatoric representations of the energy and physicality of the space.

The sound captured by Reimer and Tiesenhausen in September/October 2015 culminated in a fifty-minute piece, simply titled ‘Tunnel’.

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Generator Montréal

Generator Montréal

 

GENERATOR MONTREAL is an artist-run space where the gallery is the city and it’s office is online. The website is a curatorial space and tool dedicated to creating and promoting site-specific events around the city via an interactive google-map.

www.generatormontreal.org

 

 

 

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