Rest incorporates the gallery space as articulator of sound. Negotiations between acoustics, architecture and membranes are played out via the constructed configuration of the physical structure and the orchestrated voice. Before composing the music, I was listening to chants used in Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist practices and to Indian and Arabic vocal traditions. This amalgamation continued my research into cross-cultural fertilizations. The vocalization is used here to generate a perceptual trance, a vehicle that expresses the movement of the body in space, and the synchronous awareness and release of self. As the visitor moves through the 8 sets of 5-speaker sound arcs, a spiraling tunnel of sound is created.




media: 40 speakers, 6 amplifiers, E-MU sampler, plywood, drywall, foam insulation, fleece fabric, carpet, plexiglass
dimensions: area 900 sq ft, height 10’

audio duration: 03:11 min. looped
composition: Millie Chen
vocals: Linda Lindo
sound engineering: Chris Smith


Curated by Shirley Madill for solo exhibition at Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario. Commissioned by Art Gallery of Hamilton.