Michael Trommer presented by InterAccess, Subtle Technologies & The Music Gallery



Night Swimmer


Sep 15 - 25



Artist Details


Project Description:
Presented by InterAccess and Subtle Technologies, Michael Trommer’s installation Night Swimmer transplants field recordings of children playing in the waters of Georgian Bay onto the southern shores of Ontario Place. A rocky shore devoid of summer beach activity, Ontario Place’s actual geography contrasts deeply with the content of the recordings. Presenting fragments of another moment, Trommer is interested in the way landscape filters and reflects sound, especially in the absence of other visual stimuli. In Night Swimmers, by tapping into a recording of something from a different time and place, Trommer reconsiders our emotional relationships to Lake Ontario, inviting a heightened state of acoustic and environmental awareness.

Michael Trommer is a Toronto based producer and sound artist; his experimental work has been focused primarily on psychogeographical and acoustemological explorations via the use of field recordings and expanded video techniques. He has released material on an unusually diverse roster of labels, both under his own name as well as 'sans soleil'. These include Transmat, Wave, Ultra-red, and/OAR, Audiobulb, Audio Gourmet, Gruenrekorder, Impulsive Habitat, Stasisfield, Serein, Flaming Pines, 3leaves, Unfathomless and con-v. Michael also creates gallery-based audio installation work; He has exhibited work at Australia’s ‘Liquid Architecture’, 'from 0 to 1 and back again' at Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt, Cordoba, Spain's art:tech and soundLAB in Köln. His music has also been included in Dodi Nash’s ‘Listening Shell’ installation, on permanent exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert museum. He has performed extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, including events with members of Berlin's raster-noton collective, as well as the 2008 and 2013 editions of Mutek's acclaimed a/visions series. He also regularly improvises with Toronto-based AI collective 'i/o media'. In 2011, Michael's 'ghostwood' project was awarded a major audio arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

About InterAccess:
InterAccess is an art gallery, educational facility and production studio dedicated to the creative use of technology, electronic art and new media culture.

About Subtle Technologies:
Subtle Technologies is a Toronto-based platform for community building and collaboration at the intersection of art, science and technology. Our annual festival invites a curious public to engage with ideas at the leading edge of integrated media while acting as a physical node for exchange between diverse communities working across disciplines.

About The Music Gallery:
Founded in 1976, the Music Gallery is Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music. We present and promote innovation and experimentation in all forms of music, and encourage cross-pollination between genres, disciplines and audiences.