Andrea-Jane Cornell

cornellAndrea-Jane Cornell likens the sonorities present in the urban environment to an assemblage of musical instruments that are randomly orchestrated by its inhabitants. She engages in the practice of listening as a creative act, where naturally occurring sounds in an environment are relied upon to guide her through the space. A Master's candidate in Media Studies at Concordia University, Andrea-Jane’s research is centered on the perception of recontentualized sonic environments in enclosed spaces.

Tracing the Sharawadji
a decontextualized sound performance environment
>Vernissage: October 18, 5pm @ National Monument Balustrade
> Installation: Thursday 18 October to Satuday 20 October, 1pm to 7pm

Tracing the Sharawadji is a four channel sound installation seeking to elicit moments
of beauty by recreating and mixing the ephemeral sonorities resonating in the everyday
soundscape along the CP train tracks, running north of the Mile End and Plateau
Mont-Royal neighborhoods. The project takes an improvisational approach to soundscape
composition resting upon fleeting and spontaneous juxtapositions of sound, which reflect
the inherent unpredictability of naturally occurring soundscapes. The project's success
rests upon the creation of a graphical musical instrument/user interface that serves as
both a sampler and a diffuser. The intent is to draw attention to the way sounds combine
and create moments of beauty, bordering on the sublime in the mundane urban soundscape.
The project was developed through the artist in residency program at StudioXX in Montreal,
and an equipment grant from CIAM (Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Mediatiques).