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Rehearsal for a People's Microphone

The work explores notions of civic culture, considering the crowd as a primary expression of public life.

What forms may civic life take in today's political environment? How to rejuvenate the often eclipsed field of public culture, one that might renew a sense for common life? These questions are put into play through the work by appropriating the device of a people's microphone, to stage a form of public speech and public encounter.

Consisting of a pick up truck, a three-speaker sound system mounted in the back, and a set of fold-out tables & chairs, the work circulates through the city of Sherbrooke for a two-week period, parking at specific locations to playback an audio work: a single voice that speaks and a group that repeats, projecting their voices toward an imaginary republic.

Presented as part of Espace Im Média, Sherbrooke - Québec
August 2013

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