Touching Unseen Sound: Lobe Spatial Sessions
August 6th, 7th, 13th, and 14th, 2021
Silas Ng is an emerging multidisciplinary artist based on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. He studied at the Emily Carr University Art and Design, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Photography. His works primarily involve photography as well as various other mediums, including drawing, painting, and sculpture, which all come together to capture his experiences of multiculturalism and language as a Deaf Canadian-born Chinese person. Silas experiments with various mediums in order to re-create and re-interpret his life experiences, as well as his relationship with his culture. He is able to transform them into images, while breaking away the invisible boundary of language.
Touching Unseen Sound explores sonic memory and how it is stored in the body. Artist Silas Ng describes his experience creating the piece, in collaboration with Edo Van Breemen, Jami Reimer, Sean Evans and Alex Penney, as a part of his Artist Residency at Lobe. During the residency, they undertook a process of soundwalking through familiar urban and natural environments and then exploring manifestations of these spatial sonic memories in the body when recontextualized in a studio environment. This composition was created during a two-week residency at Lobe Studio in partnership with The James Black Gallery and partially funded by the City of Vancouver.
Lobe Studio is a unique space, as it has a 4D sound system and tactile feedback floor which has allowed for more experimentation with the vibrational quality of sound.