Adam Basanta, Listen to yourself, 2016

Adam Basanta, Closer then farther away, 2015

Adam Basanta, Message past future, 2015

Adam Basanta, Listening through a small plastic box, 2015

Adam is a Montreal-based sound artist, composer, and performer of experimental music. His work traverses sound installations, electroacoustic and instrumental composition, site-specific interventions, and laptop performance. Across disciplines and media, he interrogates intersections between conceptual and sensorial dimensions of listening, instabilities of instrumentality, and means with which site and space can be articulated.
His work investigates perception – and listening in particular – as an active, participatory, multi-modal activity which is distributed throughout a variety of human and non-human agencies. By interrogating points of intersection between the conceptual and sensorial, the psychological and psychophysical, as well as conscious, bodily and mechanical dimensions of the listening experience, he aims to draw the viewer’s awareness towards undiscovered facets of their own listening.

In his recent work, he exclusively uses objects from the world of commercial sound reproduction technologies. Disrupting their technical and economic functions, thus nullifying their potential as instruments of mass communication, these objects are transformed into sculptural sound- producing centrepieces. Through the use and subtle perversion of communication technologies, he aims to reveal their material agencies as prosthetic technologies-of-listening, while in turn allow reflection on the material agency of our own bodily 'technologies' of listening.
Arranging these objects into three-dimensional reconfigured listening situations, he create spaces for aesthetic and conceptual contemplation of sound, listening, sonic technologies, and the manners in which these elements are at constant interplay.

Previous exhibitions and awards
Carroll/Fletcher Gallery (London), Serralves Museum (POR), Edith-Russ-Haus fur Mediakunst (GER), Vitra Design Museum (GER),  Školská 28 Gallery Prague (CZ), Laboral (ESP), Gallery B-312 (Montreal), Fonderie Darling (Montreal), Titanik Gallery (FIN), and The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (USA), and have been awarded in the Prix Ars Electronica 2013 and the 2014 Edith-Russ-Haus Awards for Emerging Media Artists. His experimental concert music has been presented worldwide, including appearances in the MATA Festival (NY), Gaudeamus Musicweek (NL), CTM Festival (GER), Akousma Festival (CAN), and Mutek Festival (CAN), and have been awarded multiple national and international prizes, including Metamorphoses 2010 (Belgium) and the Grand Prize in the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada). Recently, his music has been released on Kohlenstoff Records (Montreal), Cassauna (USA), and Farmacia901 (Italy).

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