The Onomatopoeias
2010
with Claire Dumoulin

We asked questions about sounds to people that we met on the street. For the occasion, we named ourselves The Onomatopeias.

The Onomatopoeias (Claire Dumoulin and Anne-Marie Proulx) listen. They hear particular expressions, record neglected voices, collect ordinary sounds. They talk a lot but listen even more. They are curious and a little bit dizzy.

For three summer days, the Onomatopoeias gave themselves the mission to record an audio track of Montréal's rue Saint-Laurent, by collecting popular opinions and ideas. They amassed the voices of passerbys, artists and participants to the La Centrale event Boom-chix-a-boom #9. They questioned these people, and encouraged them to reflect on sound, noise, and music.