info : sound installation
date : 2011
show : Toronto Nuit Blanche 2011
ware : 4 speakers, mp3-player
with : Nicholas Hutcheson, Mara Marxt
White Loop is a sound installation that explores and infiltrates the collective unconscious of a neighborhood through the noise generated by 100 dream stories.
Visitors to the installation enter this unusual gallery, a rental truck, where they encounter a sound landscape similar to white noise – a signal that contains all human-perceivable audio frequencies at once and causes the brain to stop focusing on individual sound sources. The sound of 100 voices speaking simultaneously – retelling their dreams – is a natural source of white noise. As the cognitive brain chooses to ignore the noise, the unconscious is free to perceive and interpret the hidden words. White Loop filters stories originating from the unconscious – the dreams of the collective – subliminally back into the unconscious of the visitors. Dreams are sent into a feedback loop that escapes the attention of the conscious mind.
Like Parkdale itself, this gallery in a truck is a space of migration, a layering of stories, history, and an encounter with the dreams of ones family, friends, neighbours, and strangers.
At Nuit Blanche Toronto
We installed White Loop at the Nuit Blanche in Toronto as part of Leitmotif inside a Cube truck parked along Queen Street W. in Parkdale. Starting from 7pm at night, visitors could enter the white glowing truck through a portal of white shower curtains and could immerse themselves into the sound of 100 voices telling dreams. Additionally we asked people to submit new dreams into our collection
Collecting dreams at Nuit Blanche
Video documentation of the installation at Nuit Blanche 2011 by Toronto Social Review