[ISEA2020] Artist Statement: Steve Heimbecker — SCAMP: Mont Royal

Artist Statement

Tags: App, Interactive, Live Events

SCAMP: Mont Royal is an interactive, non-linear, geolocalized sound walk composed for mobile application on android and iphone OS. This is the 2nd site-specific version of SCAMP to be created by Heimbecker. The production is sponsored by Sporobole Centre en Art Actuel, who first commissioned SCAMP: lac des nations for Espace [IM] Média 2019, Sherbrooke, QC. Heimbecker created the project interactivity concept along with the unique ambisonic audio track composed in a palindrome designed to play forward and backward, fast or slow. It is made from 40 layers of stereo field recordings of a forest similar to the forest of Parc Mont-Royal (Montreal, Canada). The composition uses sound filters and layers of harmonic processing that give a synthesized sense of both nature and abstraction together with the companionship of a family dog: her heartbeat and her voice.

Scamp was my dog.
She loved to run.
If I ran, she ran.
If I walked, she walked.
If I stopped, she stopped.
She was a good dog.
She loved to play.
She loved to be outdoors.
She loved to be at the lake.
She loved to be in the forest.
She loved the sounds of nature.
Would you like to go for a tour with Scamp at park Mont Royal?
She would like that too!

Walk or ride your bike… just take the path (with your mobile and headphones). SCAMP “forward play” starts at the Cartier Monument on ave du Parc. “Reverse play” begins at Le Serpentin path on ave du Pine O. between Redpath Crescent and rue Peel.

App Download Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.sporobole.scamp App Download iPhone: apps.apple.com/us/app/id1525005476

SCAMP 2019:

  • Artist / composer Steve Heimbecker studied fine arts at the Alberta College of Art (1977-80). His multichannel creations since the 1980’s have won awards in Canada and Europe including two Honorary Mentions: Interactive Art (2005) and Digital Musics (2009) from Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. His recent multi-channel exhibitions include: NOTES (2017), Manif d’art 8 – La biennale de Québec ; Installations – POD (2016), Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Paravent Mosaïque (2016), Place des Arts, Montréal; and the concert series Sonic Jello (2015), Hexagram-UQAM. In 2018, he was Invited Guest Speaker at Sound Arts, CRiSAP – University of the Arts London, UK. In 2019, in addition to creating A Day and a Year at Libby’s Pond for the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, Heimbecker also created SCAMP: lac des nations, his new interactive soundwalk for the Espace [IM] Média festival at Sporobole, Sherbrooke, QC. SCAMP: Mont Royal (2020), the 2nd of this series was jury selected for presentation at ISEA2020, Montréal, QC. Also in in the autumn 2020 he is Invited back to the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts for 16 Latitudes, comprised of two new major multi-channel audio-video installations: The 13 Points of the Falling Star (2017-20) and Seasons of the Rock Wall Forest (2016-20). Heimbecker lives and works in the Eastern Townships of Québec, Canada. steveheimbecker.net