Bruits de fond

Magali Babin


In 2007 Magali Babin was invited to submit a proposal for an excavation sonore. She submitted Bruits de fond, an experimental audio project she had been working on since 2006.

The project was based on a trip from Montreal to Percé along the St. Lawrence River, following highway 132. Babin put various home-made hydrophones, each with particular acoustic properties, into the water at various locations. A sound-hunting odyssey in seven stopovers.

Magali Babin is a sound artist and curator of audio art events. She is interested in the exploration of space as sound material. Between the haptic proximity, the acoustic landscape and the contexts of life, Babin draws its materials and creates atmospheres made of sequences, textures, and perspectives. She has appeared in concert at international electronic music festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe. Her sound installations were presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (as part of the Triennale québécoise) in 201, at Mois Multi (Québec City) in 2012, at the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery of Montréal. Université de Moncton in 2012 and La Fabrique (Nantes, France) in 2013. She was welcomed in residency by various contemporary art centers in Québec City – including Recto-Verso, Avatar, 3e Imperial, Studio XX, Dare- Dare – and in France – Compagnie Ouïe-Dire. In 2013 she received the Odyssée grant from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for a research residency at La Saline Royale (Arc-et-Senans, France). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Studies and Practices at UQAM. She is a fellow of the Fonds Société et culture du Québec (FRQSC).

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