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Re-Collect – project by Jane Tingley and Michal Seta

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I never use this blog for personal – non-directly TAG related projects – but I am finishing up something that has been a tremendous amount of work for me and I would love TAG interested people to come by and see it.  The project is Re-Collect – it is a responsive sculptural sound installation that visually references neurons and synaptic connections within the brain, which is central component to how we form memories.  See below for a project description…

In the last three months I have been working on Re-Collect, which was originally prototyped at the MuseumsQuartier residency in Vienna Austria in 2010.  I have finally found an opportunity to build the final iteration with sound artist Michal Seta.  Currently we are doing residency at the matralab at Concordia University (EV 4-502) and we have set Re-Collect up in the matrabox for the first time!!!  We are now programming the behaviours and sound over the next month – ending August 12th, 2013.



If you are available – we would love it if you could stop by to see the project – keep in mind – we are in the process of programming and we consider the sound to be a work-in-progress – however – the physical system exists.  We will work together on the project from now until July 10th – and then Michal Seta will continue to program and create the sound for an additional month – that said – we have decided to show the project as it exists today.

Here is a video

Below are the work sessions that you are welcome to visit… (see below for a map)

Work sessions:::

Monday July 8th – 5 – 7pm

Tuesday July 9th – 12 – 4pm (please e-mail me if you are interested)


We will have an official 5 à7 – please stop by and have some wine (there will be a little – but you can also bring some)….

Wednesday July 10th – 5 – 7


We will then work on the project for a month.  At the end of this programming session – we will have a final finissage – and invite people to come by the space to celebrate the end of a lot of work.  This final exhibition will be August 11th in the evening.  More info later.

Project Description:

Re-collect is a work in progress in collaboration with sound artist Michal Seta. The work is installed at the matralab at Concordia University from June 23rd, 2013 – August 12th, 2013.

Re-Collect is a responsive installation that uses sculptural objects, live recordings and playback, to draw attention to the visitors’ physical presence and movement within the installation space. The visitor triggers sounds recordings, ambient light fluctuations and an evolving sound composition that is played back through the sculptural elements when moving throughout the room. The playback consists of a mixture of live and past sound recordings that together reveal the recorded memory of past visitors and exhibition locations. The sonic and visual spatialization of sound and light will amplify the viewing experience and direct attention to the viewer’s entanglement within the sculptural body and the fact that the space too carries with it a history.

The physical space of Re-Collect suggests the synaptic connections within the nervous system in particular the brain, which is central component to how we form memories. When visitors enter the gallery space they will see a room filled with 30 semi-transparent objects hanging from the ceiling, which are interconnected by data and power wiring – some contain sensors, microphones, and speakers, and all of them will contain three filaments of Fiber Optic cabling. In its entirety, Re-Collect forms a luminescent and sonic mass attentive to its environment, which uses sound as a metaphor for the electrical impulses moving through the brain and points to the moment that two entities meet – when memories form – entangle with the present – and shape experience.



map of 4th floor