Trumpet player Philippe Battikha has reoriented his practice to sound art, converting objects and spaces in order to examine our visually-dominant environment and our ability to lend an ear to what surrounds us.
For Battikha, the notion of contamination is central: sound has the capacity to “threaten” space since it travels through walls and barriers. The political dimension of listening techniques and uses is thus sketched out in a work that builds on experimental music and the creation of sound installations and sound objects.
The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation is the generous sponsor of Philippe Battikha's studio in 2021.
Battikha holds a BFA in Integrative Music Studies and an MFA in Studio Arts (Intermedia concentration) from Concordia University. He received many grants and awards, such as the Montréal Arts Interculturels Mentorship Program. He co-founded the music label Samizdat Records (SZR), based in Montreal and in Brooklyn. From 2008 to 2012, he was a founding member of the artist-run space L'Envers in Montreal.
Portraits and Landscapes, solo exhibition, Espace F, Matane, Quebec
Someone's Always Listening, Fonderie Darling
Open Call for International Artist, solo exhibition, ALT Space LOOP, Seoul (KR)
The End is Near, collectif Jean Couteau, Little Gallery of San Bernardino, Los Angeles
Objects of sound, FOFA Gallery, Montreal
Tempo - Labor Improbus, Art Souterrain, Montreal
Halo, Elastic Spaces Symposium, Bath (UK)
Le Partage des ondes, Art Hack Day, Sight & Sound Festival, Eastern Bloc, Montreal