Adam Basanta, an artist, composer and performer of experimental music, likes to turn sound technologies into kinetic and sculptural installations. The way he handles sound objects can be fairly hostile, ironic or even poetical.


Adam Basanta, A Large Inscription, A Great Noise, 2019. Photo by Paul Litherand


Adam Basanta, A Large Inscription, A Great Noise, 2019. Photo by Paul Litherand

In his ongoing exhibition at Optica Centre d’art contemporain in Montreal, the artist went for the rude and rough treatment.

A Large Inscription, A Great Noise investigates notions of historical time and time-keeping, cycles of construction and destruction in an era of mass communication, automization through mechanical kineticism, and the modalities of its resulting trace.

In “A Large Inscription”, a microphone is slowly dragged over gravel; “an indispensable instrument of the modern…

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