Bain St-Michel

June 8, 2013 – Bain St-Michel (Montréal, QC)
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

The Bain St-Michel (formerly the Turcot bath) was built in 1909 and is situated on the corner of Maguire and St Dominique in the Mile-End. Since 1930, the building has undergone several renovation processes but retained most of its external architectural characteristics.

Within the complex there are many rooms, including a meeting room full of dilapidated tables and benches, a small change room, a shower and a vast empty pool covered in tile.

The performance took place at midnight. The piece combined acoustic and processed horn, field recordings and 10 sound responsive incandescent light bulbs. Two PA speakers were situated in the pool and eight smaller speakers surrounded the audience. The flickering lights lead the viewer through the dark complex toward the empty pool where the performance took place. The piece weaved together light with a harmonious sonic texture that unfolded overtime. The sound was  transformed and influenced by the architectural dimensions of the space.

 

 

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein + Adam Basanta
Curated by Generator Montréal
Presented as part of Suoni per Il Popolo Festival 2013

Photos by Thien V & Louis Rastelli
Video captured by Louis Rastelli
Sound captured by Devon Bate

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© 2017 Jen Reimer & Max Stein