Sandra Volny

Situated at the intersection of the acoustic and the visual, Sandra Volny’s art practice explores the perception of sonic space. Through walks, recordings, meditations, narratives, personal accounts, as well as scientific research and fieldwork, Volny strives to capture the sonic residue of our everyday spaces, surviving resonances attesting to our passing and triggering the collective or individual imagination. Her current research-creation project, Aural Soilscapes, explores aural soils as witnesses of climate change, in collaboration with biologists and environmental scientists.

Romany Eveleigh’s gift is the generous sponsor of Sandra Volny’s studio in 2021/2022 est le généreux parrain d’atelier de Sandra Volny pour l’année 2022/2023. Sandra Volny’s studio was sponsored by the generous support of Québecor in 2021/2022, Musée d’art contemporain in 2020/2021 and of Anne-Marie & Pierre Trahan in 2019/2020.


Sandra Volny is an artist and researcher. Her work develops through explorations of sound, moving image, photography, sculpture, text, and takes shape in installations, instruments and videos. She received her PhD in Arts and Sciences of Art from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne exploring the concept of "surviving aural spaces" in its material, sensory and social constellations. Her most recent work explores sonic soils as witnesses to climate change, realized in collaboration with researchers in biology and environmental sciences. Volny has exhibited her work in Canada and Europe, including at the Dazibao Centre, FOFA Gallery, the Clark Centre Audio Station, the Centre d'Exposition de l'Université de Montréal, the Fonderie Darling’s Place Publique, Michel Journiac Gallery, the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, and Raumlabor 267- Braunschweig. Volny is the founder of the artistic research platform Sound and Space Research.

Sandra Volny's research has been published in various publications and academic journals, most recently in the book New Infrastructures-Performative Infrastructures in the Art Field with the article Resound Kefalonia: A Case Study of "The Surviving Aural Spaces (2021), published by Passepartout Editions, on the Hexagram Research-Creation Network in Arts, Cultures, and Technologies with the text Narratives of Surviving Aural Spaces Told by Soils (2021) and at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, ISEA 2020, with the scientific article Aural Soilscapes: Sensory Challenges in a Subterranean World.


Recent exhibitions


TBA, solo exhibition, Centre Vaste et Vague, Carleton-sur-Mer, QC.


Fossiles sonores, solo exhibition, Fonderie Darling, Montreal, QC.

TBA, solo exhibition and performative course, Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, QC.


Ces corps d’eaux que nous sommes, Collaboration with Simon Bélair, off-site, Galerie d’art contemporain SBC, Montreal


Study on the exposure of matter to sound, Fonderie Darling (Entrance Hall), Montreal

Everything Merges, Emerges, then Fades Again, Group show, Fonderie Darling (Place Publique), Montreal 


AISHIP: The New States of Being, group show, Centre d'Exposition de l'Université de Montréal (CEUM), Montreal