Steve Bates
Three Sounds

From April 18 to June 15, 2019
Opening on April 18 at 7 pm


Book launch followed by a concert by The Black Seas Ensemble on June 11 in the context of Suoni Per Il Popolo at Sala Rossa

Three Sounds is part of Black Seas, a larger body of sound, moving image, installation, performance works which began in 2015. Black Seas is a project about listening to noise through desire, agency and encounter.

Anchored in historical and contemporary experiences of auditory hallucination, Three Sounds is inspired by the breadth and depth of this sound world in both pathological and non-pathological instances and the continuum between these two extremes. The project is influenced by multiple sources from literature to film, visual art, music, sound and media art as well as cognitive science, psychiatry, anthropology, religious studies, philosophy and shared stories.

Three Sounds revolves around three non-linear video and sound stories: Noise, Voices and Music. The three stories unfold through three images, one after the other, supported by details that form reminiscent links between them.

Steve Bates is an artist and musician living in Montréal. The sonic is the root of his practice whether it emerges as music, transmission, video, sound art, or installation. He has exhibited and performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Chile, and Senegal. He often releases work through his own small-scale publishing and music project, The Dim Coast. Bates works in the field, on air, in museological/gallery and performance contexts. These shifting territories reflect the content of his practice.


Meet the artist

On May 4, 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm

In the context of his exhibition, Steve Bates will be in the gallery to speak with the public and answer questions. Swing by Dazibao to see the exhibition and meet the artist in an informal setting!


Book launch

Three Sounds

On June 11, 2019 at 6 pm at El Centro (Sala Rossa’s restaurant, 4848, boulevard Saint-Laurent)



An exhibition prepared by France Choinière for Dazibao, in close collaboration with the artist. Dazibao thanks the artist for his generous collaboration as well as its advisory programming committee for its support.

Dazibao receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal.