Bates Steve


Steve Bates is an artist and musician living in Montréal. Through his work he listens to boundaries and borders, points of contact and conflict. Thresholds are explored, stretched and, at times, completely broken. Information and signal feed back onto themselves creating new situations and events. The sonic is the starting point for his projects which are evocations of communication networks and systems, or expressions of spatial and temporal experience. He frequently uses sound material that is site-specific in an attempt to uncover place and how the sonic effects our experience of site. Time can be measured, stretched, pulled at, ignored, and extended.

Current projects include ongoing exhibitions and performances. He releases music both solo and collaboratively, often through his own small scale publishing and curatorial project, The Dim Coast. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe and Senegal. He works in the field, on the air, in museological/gallery and performance contexts. These shifting territories reflect the content of his practice.

Ongoing collaborations include, Field Sound, with Douglas Moffat and their most recent project, Okta, a multi-channel, permanent, outdoor sound installation commissioned by the City of Toronto, and Lanterner, a music duo with Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt.

Contact: first name [at] dimcoast [dot] net