Amanda Dawn Christie
Spectres of Shortwave

From November 15, 2018 to January 26, 2019
Opening on November 15 at 7 pm


Here, we are looking at notions of transmission, from the most elementary sense of “transmitting a message”, right up to its various technological manifestations. Amanda Dawn Christie, Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski, and Thomas Kneubühler treat the importance of means of communication — of transmitting — on both the geopolitical and human levels. By taking as our anchor point the word transmit, whose etymology is closer to pathway than it is to send, we can also consider terms such as transfer, transcribe, transit, transpose and ultimately transform, and thereby examine how movements in time and space act on those who experience them.

This documentary features the marshland in Sackville (New Brunswick) where, until 2014, the Radio Canada International shortwave site was located. From World War II, through the Cold War, and until 2012 this site broadcasted shortwave radio, an accessible and affordable means of communication that also had a personal and at times, strange impact on those living in its midst.

If you want to experience this work as a radio piece you can borrow a radio in our office and take a walk in the Champs des Possibles where you can tune in.

Originally from Moncton (New Brunswick), Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist who works with video, photography, performance, sound, and electronics. She obtained an MFA from Simon Fraser University and currently resides in Montréal where she works as an Assistant Professor of Intermedia (Video, Performance, and Electronics) at Concordia University. Whether through performance or image, her work explores the body and it’s relationship to technology. Christie has presented her work and performances in several galleries across North America and her films have been shown internationally and at numerous festivals (Cannes, Netherlands, South Korea). She has had solo exhibitions at various venues, including the Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen (Moncton, 2014), Centre CLARK (Montréal, 2012), Latitude 53 (Edmonton, 2015), and PAVED Arts (Saskatoon, 2014), among others.

Spectres of Shortwave (2016) — 120 min.

Schedule: noon / 2 pm / 4 pm*

* on Thursdays


Other exhibitions

Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski

Thomas Kneubühler

From November 15, 2018 to January 26, 2019


Meet the artist

Amanda Dawn Christie

On December 8, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm



Speaking near-by

On December 13, 2018 at 6 pm

Bringing together thinkers who study, use and critic communication and information technologies, this conversation will extend the research done by the artists, Amanda Dawn Christie, Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski and Thomas Kneubühler, in their respective works.


This exhibition was prepared for Dazibao by France Choinière, in close collaboration with the artists and Dazibao's advisory committee. Dazibao thanks the artists for their generous collaboration.

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.