“Hearing Video” is a project that is part exhibition, part archival research experiment. It explores and plays with a number of works drawn from Vtape’s archive holdings selected on the basis of their audio rather than their visual content. By focusing on the sonic components of these archived video works, the exhibition foregrounds questions of how technical systems of reproduction inevitably transform the aesthetic experience of the archived media artwork as well as how the works themselves can be brought into conversation and dialogue with each other within a framework of collective presentation.
Lewis Kaye is a Toronto-based sound artist, media studies researcher, and educator. His work explores the interplay of sound, technology and culture through both critical enquiry and creative practice. His current research interests include the status of audio art archives and the auralization of “big data”. Kaye’s recordings of sound environments have been presented in media installation, audio CD, video and live performance. Major solo works include Crowds ReSpaced (Signalraum Gallery, Munich, 2014) and Through The Vanishing Point, a multi-channel sound installation based on the ideas of Marshall McLuhan (exhibited in Toronto in 2010, and Paris and Berlin in 2011).