Fall 2013 : Sahar Kubba

  • Residence: 16 September - 3 November 2013
  • Projection presentation: 7 - 10 November 2013
  • Vernissage: 7 November 2013, 18:00

UNSIGNAL

Kubba’s project draws inspiration from the connections between geometry and moral reform in prison institutions, during the 18th and 19th centuries. England, between the years of 1750 and 1840, became the site for numerous experiments dealing with these connections, reaching their apex in 1842 with the completion of the Pentonville prison in northern London. This institution served as an architectural and technological realization of the idea that segregation, solitary confinement and silence amend the mind and reform the soul.

The proposed project will explore the creation of a suppressive, authoritative space through the production of silence. It will explore order through architecture and suppressive silence through technology.

The outcome of the residency will take on the form of an interactive audio installation within Eastern Bloc's gallery space. Using the ceiling as an anchor, wooden walls forming a multitude of 'rooms' will hang down to around the level of the participant's elbows, forming several silencing chambers each containing a microphone and two speakers. Using the technology of active noise cancelling, the participant will be prevented from understanding his/her own voice, as it becomes lost in the density of the incoherent sounds it has produced. In between this grid of hanging chambers a directional speaker is placed, playing a recording of a voice. This speaker with be the only clear and tangible voice within the space.

Sahar Kubba is a freelance designer living in Montréal. Her architectural experience has ranged from hospital master planning to condominium development to smaller renovations. In her own projects, she works primarily through photography and installations. She is a graduate of McGill University’s Professional Master’s of Architecture program, and her thesis, In Memory of a City of Lost Artifacts, was an installation exploring ideas of a city under military occupation trying to identify itself. She has worked as an intern architect in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal and Beirut.

  • Residence: 16 September - 3 November 2013
  • Projection presentation: 7 - 10 November 2013
  • Vernissage: 7 November 2013, 18:00