Identified by Hasher and Goldstein in a 1977 study conducted at Villanova University and Temple University, Illusory Truth Effect is the tendency to believe that information is true after repeated exposure to it. This phenomenon is explored in Illusory Truth Effect, a sound installation by Pierre-Luc Lecours. Sentences, which contain ambiguous statements or definitions of social phenomena, are recorded several times by vocal actors with different emotional nuances and different cadences. The dictated sentences come from different media sources from Quebec: they are censored, distorted and extracted from their initial context. The sound piece unfolds in three movements which are intended to engage the listener by provoking questions about what he hears and how he hears it. The latter is invited to circulate within the installation by adopting different listening postures, which allows him to hear the different information flows vary according to his positioning. The project is part of a process aimed at establishing a correlation between form, format and content, i.e. between the way a sonic material is presented, its articulation and its meaning.
The work also questions our relationship to the transmission of information: how does the current ultra-connectivity activate or weaken our receptivity and critical capacity?
Listening angles :: Sound pieces in public spaces
Two artists were invited to each create an audio work for an outdoor sound device of 15 speakers specially designed for EIM 2019. Installed along a self-supporting triangular structure, the sound sources are arranged in such a way as to generate a very specific spatialization of the sound. The audience is invited to sit in the centre of the device for a continuous listening session where the pieces are broadcasted alternately – one being a composition while the other is a generative piece.
With this sound presence in the heart of the city, EIM takes the initiative to meet the public and infiltrate – in a way – the common space in which the unexpected can still happen. The works presented highlight issues about infiltration/intrusion/transmission, related to digital technology, amplified by our constant connectivity. Borders between fiction and reality, such as those crossed by “fake news” (Pierre-Luc Lecours) and invasive attacks on public, open and vulnerable networks (Phillip David Stearns), are the issues that are explored and translated into sound.
Pierre-Luc Lecours (QC-CA) – Illusory Truth Effect – 19 minutes (2019)
Phillip David Stearns (US) – Here Be Dragons – generative soundwork (2019)