Hillside Inside 2019

February 8 – 10

People sitting on speakers enjoying music.

ARENA Sound Sculpture

Coming to Guelph!  An electro-acoustic art installation from Feb. 8th to March 14th, 2019 in Market Square (1 Carden Street)

Hillside Inside, the Downtown Guelph Business Association and the City of Guelph have teamed up to bring this exciting art installation to downtown Guelph for 5 weeks. We are grateful for the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

ARENA is a mobile interactive sound sculpture by Berlin-based artist Benoît Maubrey. ARENA is conceived in the shape of a small amphitheater, constructed with 320 recycled loudspeakers (all connected!). The sculpture can function both as a mobile “Speakers Corner“ — a “hotspot“ for local participation and self-expression but also as a stage for small events and concerts. 
You're invited to interact with the sculpture by relaying songs and messages via Bluetooth or by calling it from your smartphone. See onsite signs for details. (5-10pm weekdays and 10am-10pm weekends).  

The artist has fond memories of browsing the thrift shops of Guelph for speakers. Maybe some local Guelphites will recognize their own donated loudspeakers!

Click here to see more of Benoît Maubrey's electroacoustic sculptures.

Hillside Inside has planned three events at this unique performance space:

Saturday, February 9th at 12:30 - 1:00pm // Youth Showcase, co-presented by Jam School.
Warm up in Planet Bean with hot drinks and performances starting at 11:00am. Then bundle up and move out to Market Square at 12:30pm for the final two acts.

Saturday, February 9th, 1:00 - 1:30pm // Girls & Guitars finale with  Regina Gently
The Girls & Guitars series features indoor performances at businesses along Carden Street beginning at 11:30am, and culminates with this invigorating dose of fresh air at 1:00pm. But you won't be cold. Even if you resist the urge to dance, Regina's high energy show will warm your heart and get your blood flowing! 

Sunday, February 10th, 2:30 - 3:00pm // Sound of Light finale with Laurel Tubman and friends.
The Sound of Light series will travel along Carden Street, celebrating Black History with half hour performances inside various venues, beginning at 12:30pm. At 2:30pm, the celebration moves outdoors to the electro-acoustic art installation. With music to lift your spirits, plus a little toe-tapping and hand-clapping, you won't even notice the weather!

Photo looking down on Arena mobile sound sculpture
Special thanks to Rex Lingwood and Graham Whiting. 
Without the perseverence and support of Gordon Hatt and CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, ARENA would never have happened.
Technical installation: Johnny Camara