Session 4.2.6: ROUNDTABLE: Synaesthetic Dialogues: Sensing Otherwise in Contemporary Art Practices

ROUNDTABLE: Synaesthetic Dialogues: Sensing Otherwise in Contemporary Art Practices
11:30, Sunday 9 May 2021 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Break    01:00 PM to 01:30 PM (30 minutes)
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Organizer: Joni Low, Independent curator and critic, Richmond, Canada

This Dialogic Roundtable features two curators and two artists from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal and Vancouver/ xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh territories, working on a future project at Richmond Art Gallery on artists’ increased turn to the senses to access ways of knowing in a post-truth and indeterminate present. Together they will exchange ideas on returning to the synaesthetic system, interoception and phenomenological experience, interdisciplinarity and reaching beyond Western knowledge frameworks. After an introduction by curators Low and Sabet, each artist will present on their practices.

Vancouver artist Deborah Edmeades will share on the sense memory techniques of method acting, and the possibility of an extended sensibility, drawing upon video works This (2014), On the Validity of Illusions (and its attractions) (2014), a multi-channel video involving an artist and spiritual teacher, and the kinetic sculptural installation Blinking (and other involuntary portals) (2016). Montréal artist Sandra Volny, whose practice and research centres on the use of aural spaces as vectors allowing individual and collective imaginations to emerge, will share projects around echolocation and aural spatial awareness –Inouïe (2019), a tactile-sound installation exploring the idea of “hearing as a way of touching at a distance,” La passeuse (2021), a listening instrument making perceptible the infrathin of sonic spaces, and excerpts from earlier videos Sonar (2011) and Where does sound go, where does it come from (2016). A 25-minute roundtable will follow, moderated with questions by the curators, concluding with a 15-minute open question and discussion period.


Aseman Sabet, UQAM, Canada

Deborah Edmeades, Independent artist, Vancouver, Canada

Sandra Volny, UQAM/UdeM, Canada

Department of Biological Sciences, Université de Montréal and Mediane Canada Research Chair-Hexagram/UQAM.
Artist and Postdoctoral researcher
Université du Québec à Montréal
Independent Curator and Lecturer
Independent Artist
Independent / Richmond Art Gallery
Independent Curator and Writer

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