The Bentway Artist Residency with Mitchell Akiyama & Brady Peters
April 23 @ 8:00 am - August 30 @ 5:00 pm
The Bentway’s 2019 Inaugural Artist Residency focuses on the acoustic environment of The Bentway.
The hum of the Gardiner above, the rush of passing trains to the north, the occasional cannon blasts from the Fort York grounds and the general buzz from the surrounding city make The Bentway site rich acoustic territory. The selected artist or collective will be asked to explore The Bentway as an instrument, and to experiment with the varied sonic environments along its length.
Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters have been selected as The Bentway’s initial artist residency recipients. Their goal for the residency is to develop an understanding of The Bentway as a site through which myriad forces flow – vibrational, social, electrical, acoustical. The energy intensiveness of the city is amplified, quite literally, under the overpass. We mean to measure, channel, capture, transduce, and utilize these forces and flows, the excess, the surplus of urban infrastructure in order to transform these energies. What if the vibrations of the columns can be converted into electricity in order power a sound installation? Could the soundscape of the underpass be significantly altered through electronic mediation or architectural intervention? In collaboration with the local community, through workshops and public programming, we’re seeking to transform the Bentway, and in the process we hope to transform and deepen our relationship to our city’s sonic environment.
About Mitchell Akiyama
Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based scholar, composer, and artist. His eclectic body of work includes writings about sound, metaphors, animals, and media technologies; scores for film and dance; and objects and installations that trouble received ideas about history, perception, and sensory experience. He holds a PhD in communications from McGill University and an MFA from Concordia University and is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.
About Brady Peters
Brady Peters is an architect and designer based in Toronto, Canada, and an Assistant Professor at the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Peters specializes in architectural acoustics, environmental simulation, computational design, and digital fabrication.