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Listening Garden
March 10-13, 2020

Listening Garden installation for the Art Matters Festival exhibition on Conservation, featuring the music of The Secret Sounds of Plants.

Exhibition / Exposition: March 10th - 13th
Vernissage: March 13th 7 - 11pm [cancelled due to COVID-19]

Artists / Artistes:
Alex Apostolidis / Wasting Time
Clara Micheau/ Éclosion d’une légende de mon marais / Ton tombeau repose dans nos écrans
Susan Georgette / Sugarland, selected works
Piper Curtis / The Secret Sounds of Plants
Sonia Reboul / What Do You Want to See?
Camille Emmanuelle Legault / Prototype

Exhibition Facilitator: Mackenzie Aker

Conservation presents an eco-surrealist collection of artworks which explore notions of conservation across media, as the artists utilize memory, materiality, and technology to capture pieces of our rapidly changing environment. The selected works combine elements of documentary realism with sentimental, sensory processes to reflect specific relationships to the natural world in the face of climate change.

While binaries such as human/nature, value/trash, and dream/reality tend to structure our world and how we make sense of it, Conservation dissipates these boundaries to create embodied experiences with nature through making and feeling. The selected works raise questions about how we can document environmental change, and if on a personal level, this can serve as an act of conservation: to conserve a place, a memory, a relationship, or a life.

Conservation is not an exhibition about the apocalypse, but about complex human relationships to landscape, flora, and animal life, exploring modes of recording which flow between fact and fantasy. Visitors are encouraged to explore, touch, look, and listen their way through the space, perhaps noticing how the sculptures sway as they walk around them, or how the room feels different when seated in the Listening Garden. Fleeting moments like these are captured by the artists to invite visitors to reflect on climate change and our collective relationship with the earth.

Hear the full EP here.

Art Matters Festival | Installation | Curtis

The Secret Sounds of Plants
September 14, 2019

An homage to Mort Garson's Plantasia, this EP was created in summer 2019 as a study in the relationship between music and plants.

Six pieces for six of my house plants; an exploration in melody and discreet music for ambient listening.

Original music video filmed and produced by Piper Curtis for the second track, Spider Plant Chant.

Hear the full EP here.

Concordia University | Electroacoustics | Curtis

Sound Art Gallery
Man Man Man
March-April, 2019

This composition explores the feeling of living in a “man’s world” and confronting toxic masculinity in daily life. It was created as part of the Concordia Sound Art Gallery Workshop in March and April 2019. The Concordia art object that I selected for this composition was intended as an elevator sign, found in the basement of the Hall Building. I happened to be recording with no intended subject when we (Piper, Tiana, and Antoine) happened upon the sign. I captured Tiana’s candid reaction to the sign, “man man man” said in a biting tone.

This caused me to reflect on the intention behind so many of the spaces we inhabit and the ways in which they are more or less welcome to people of different genders. Being in an overwhelmingly male field of study, I often feel out of place in a “man’s world.” It is easy to look around an electroacoustic classroom and think, “man man man.”

Concordia University | Electroacoustics | Piper Curtis

60x60 Concordia
February 20, 2019

Unsung is a fixed media electroacoustic piece composed in five point-source channels for 60x60 Concordia. It is an abstract piece exploring the “voice” of various source materials. Choirs rise out of the ether, calling to each other, some joining in, others offering a response.

60x60 is a one-hour long sequence of 60 one-minute-long pieces without pause. 60x60 is an interdisciplinary event with music, video, theatre, and dance components. All compositions, choreography, dramaturgy, video, performance, and lighting design are done by over 120 students.

38. Unsung, composition by Piper Curtis, Choroegraphy/Performance by Cristobal Perez Boudon (37:30).

Concordia University | Electroacoustics | Piper Curtis

Practice #21
Two Colour Sets
January 13, 2018

In two distinct 20 minute meditative sets, sound artist Piper Curtis explores the relationships between colour, noise and environment. Stemming from white noise, these sets introduce listeners to other colours within the spectrum. The sets evoke familiar environments seeped in colour and listeners are transported into unfamiliar textures inspired by colourscapes. The first set focuses on the watery world of mids, turquoise and azure, washing over and seeping in. The second set draws from the windy highs, cerulean and magenta, the pink sky following a storm.

Find more information on the Practice Noise Meditation series here.

For inquiries or to book a performance, contact the artist.

Two Colour Sets | Piper Curtis

Piper Curtis 2020
Montreal, Quebec