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Resonant Bodies is a physical and online exhibition about the sonic reflections between bodies and their environments.


In Orality and Literacy, Walter Ong suggested, “sight isolates, sound incorporates… whereas sight situates the observer outside what [they view], at a distance, sound pours into the hearer”.

For Resonant Bodies, six artists have created new sound-based works that respond to Ong's provocation – revealing aspects of identity and experience that are obscured by sight’s dominance. Featuring Aliya Pabani, Chandra Melting Tallow, Cheldon Paterson, Jon Tjhia, Kaija Siirala and Phoebe Wang.


✨The physical exhibition ran from August 11-17 2019 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre.

More information about the event here.


👾 The online exhibition will run from October to December 2019 and feature the artists’ work through podcast and online content.
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Artist Bios:

Aliya Pabani is a multidisciplinary artist and host/producer of CANADALAND’s arts and culture podcast The Imposter. Her art practice uses methods from design ethnography, comedy and tactical media to examine the ideological underpinnings of public infrastructure. She recently performed in CAPITALIST DUETS at The Theatre Centre, Flowchart at Dancemakers, and her multichannel video installation “Corrections” with Onyeka Igwe was exhibited at Trinity Square Video as part of this year’s Images Festival. She is based in Toronto, Canada.

Chandra Melting Tallow is a musician/visual artist/film-maker and semi professional lipsyncher of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. They work primarily in installation and performance. Their work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria and Istanbul.

Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound is known for experimenting with music, visuals and live performance. He is the 2018 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence and the Co winner of the 2018 CMC Toronto Emerging Composer Award. Cheldon has been developing his own style of music composition over 20 years and has releases 7 studio albums. His work has been featured at Classical and New music events, popular indie music festivals, world renowned electronic festivals, theatres, museums and many creative spaces. Cheldon's passion for presenting fresh ideas has allowed him to perform works around the world with established artists from a number of genres. He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

Kaija Siirala works mainly in documentary media as a picture editor, sound designer and educator. She has worked as a sound editor on films that have screened at the National Gallery of Canada, True/False Film Festival and AFI fest. A keen collaborator, she travelled to the Faroe Islands as part of the fluid states: performance of unknowing conference with artists Alvis Parsley and Heather Hermant. From 2016-2018, she was a member-in-residence of the Meerkat Media Collective emphasizing collaboration in all forms and consensus decision making. Last spring, she completed her MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College (CUNY) and is now based in Hamilton, ON.

Jon Tjhia is a radio maker, musician and writer. He is the co-founder of the podcast Paper Radio, the co-editor of the Australian Audio Guide, and the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor. Since 2010, Paper Radio’s stories have been heard around the radio world, at Manchester Literature Festival (UK) and the podcast The Truth, and profiled in the New Yorker and the Age. With the Wheeler Centre, Jon was part of the team that produced the series Better Off Dead (2016) and the multi-award winning series The Messenger (2017), a collaboration with Behind the Wire.

Phoebe Wang is a multidisciplinary artist and works primarily in sound, sculpture, and installation. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with a BA in Psychology / Thesis in Fine Arts. Phoebe formerly produced live events at The Moth, was a member of The Heart (an audio art project and podcast), and was Senior Producer of The Shadows podcast (CBC). In 2018, she earned an NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award and was named Best New Artist at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.