Montreal Audio Placebo Transmission (Audio)

Mar 26, 2022
Audio Placebo Plaza

In its first iteration, Audio Placebo Plaza (the collective project of artists Erin Gee, Julia E. Dyck, and Vivian Li) occupied a storefront in Montreal’s Plaza Saint-Hubert for seven days in June 2021 as part of Undefine Radio’s pop-up gallery and pirate radio station. Curated by Martín Rodriguez and Emmanual Madan, this larger project convened “a series of radio interventions under the theme of ‘bodies in resonance.’” Through a series of bespoke compositions, Audio Placebo Plaza explored the promise of therapeutic sound, drawing on everything from ASMR to Muzak. In this hour-long selection from Audio Placebo Plaza’s week of transmissions, the artists first consult with a visitor in order to tailor a custom “placebo” to the visitor’s auditory needs. These appointments were broadcast through Undefine’s FM transmitter, along with the finished placebos – such as the one that appears in the final stretch of the recording. - Introduced by Wave Farm Radio Artist Fellow 2021/2022, Andy Stuhl.