Situated at the intersection between the acoustic and the visual, the art practice of Sandra Volny 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.
The current research-creation project, Aural Soilscapes, takes a non-anthropocentric perspective to explore aural soils as witnesses of climate change, in collaboration with biologists and environmental scientists. Volny is also part of the interdisciplinary research-creation project AISHIP: Les nouveaux états d’être, for which she is working with Dr. Robert Truog (Harvard Medical School) to examine the ethical and emotional issues associated with the growing use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.
The artist is generously supported by Anne-Marie & Pierre Trahan (2019).
Volny holds a PhD in Sciences of Arts and Aesthetics from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and an MFA in Open Media from Concordia University. She founded Sound and Space Research, an art research platform. She is also a founding member of the Triangular Project collective, and of the research group Aural Soilscapes: Creating ecological consciousness to climate change. In 2013, Volny published the artist book Silence Starts at -425m, edited by the Haute École d’arts plastiques in Brunswick (DE).
AISHIP: The New States of Being, group show, Centre d'Exposition de l'Université de Montréal (CEUM), Montreal
Survivance des espaces sonores, Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris (FR)
Where Does Sound Go, Where Does It Come From?, Dazibao, Montreal
Triangular Project, Casa Poli, Coliumo (CL)