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Date(s) - 11/11/2016 - 12/17/2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Sculpture Center



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The Hum is a SPACES R&D exhibit in conjunction with The Sculpture Center installed in the Euclid Ave. Gallery in cooperation with the Davis Sculpture Foundation.

The artists are: Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Felix Kalmenson, and Ryan Ferko (Ontario, Canada).

Felix Kalmenson (b. St. Petersburg, Russia; living Toronto, ONT, Canada) and his collaborative of Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko consider the unexplained, fluctuating, and enervating sound heard by many residents of Windsor, Canada, located just across the river from Detroit, Michigan. Since early 2011, residents of Windsor, Ontario, have complained about a mysterious rumbling, believed to be coming from Zug Island, a publicly inaccessible American island between Windsor and Detroit. The Hum takes the context and story of the Windsor Hum as the starting point for an audio-visual gallery installation about the subjective experience of sound. A video showing sites in Windsor where the humming has been heard becomes an imitation of an audiology hearing test. Dialogue used to describe the Windsor Hum in local media and scientific reports is collaged over the location visuals. This is periodically interrupted by sequences of acoustic imagery of this landscape, depicted by a colorful gradient form over each video image to allow the sound to be seen. Kalmenson aims to communicate the limits of both image and language to objectively describe a sound source that, due to structures of power, is not allowed to be known.

Felix Kalmenson is a Toronto-based artist with a practice in installation, video, photography, performance, and sound art. His work is concerned with the mediation of histories and contemporary narratives by political, institutional and corporate bodies and how innovations in the field of communication serve to redefine publicness, sovereignty, and power.

Felix Kalmenson’s work has received generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.

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