The Wellington Tunnels were built in the 1930’s as a passage underneath the Lachine Canal in Montréal. The tunnels were closed for security reasons and abandoned in 1994. The concrete structures are 200 meters in length.
When we first entered the tunnel, we walked 30 meters before plunging into complete darkness. The temperature dropped incrementally. From inside, you could hear the quiet resonance of cars driving overhead and dripping water from the canal leaking through the ceiling.
The performance took place at midnight. The piece combined horn, field recordings, live electronics and 12 sound responsive incandescent light bulbs. The light bulbs spanned the length of the tunnel, lining the ceiling from the entrance to the back of the tunnel where two PA speakers were situated.
The light and sound guided the audience through the dark and resonant space. The amplitude and flickering lights grew in intensity as the performance progressed.
Concept & Sound by Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Light by Adam Basanta
Photos by Thien V & Lenka Novak
Video captured by Lenka Novak, Edited by Jen Reimer
Sound captured by Julian Stein