Erin Gee - 7 Nights of Unspeakable Truth
Location: EPCOR CENTRE’S +15 (Near Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary offices)
Date: September 20, 2014 - December 19, 2014
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 20, 7pm-1am
In collaboration with Nuit Blanche Calgary, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts welcomes multidisciplinary artist Erin Gee with 7 Nights of Unspeakable Truth – an exploration of the mysterious landscape of shortwave radio frequencies.
“7 Nights of Unspeakable Truth is a seven-channel audio installation that documents dusk till dawn searches on shortwave radio frequencies,” says Gee. “My goal was to record and explore auditory aesthetics of truth without semantic content through forms of data, code and language. Of particular interest to me was the numbers stations – a mysterious type of shortwave radio broadcast that typically consists of numbers recited by artificially generated voices.”
Numbers stations broadcasts were first reported after World War II - the popular theory was that they were a favored communications method of Cold War spies. These “spy stations” are carefully documented into patterns and forms by an underground, global network of shortwave radio enthusiasts.
7 Nights of Unspeakable Truth enables one to walk through seven evenings of shortwave, synchronized in their respective times, as a reconfigured audio landscape. An auditory exploration of the aesthetics of “truth”, it is testimony to a simultaneously dark and light-hearted labor as Erin Gee interrogates the aesthetic and political languages that emerge through human voices in electronic media, and electronic voices in human bodies.
Hailing from Regina SK, Erin Gee is an artist who centralizes on digital culture through human voices in electronic bodies. Working in video, performance, robotics and audio art, Gee earned her MFA from Concordia University in 2014. Gee's work has been presented at such venues as Maison des Arts du Laval, Quebec (2013), Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal (2012), and Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney (2012). In 2011 she was invited by Stelarc to participate in a residency at University of Western Sydney to create and perform her opera for mobile robotics, Orpheux Larynx, featuring Stelarc's Thinking Head, at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney). She was short-listed in the Bourges International Electroacoustic competition for multichannel composition in 2009.
Learn more at Erin Gee's website.