PR Sounding the city project IICSI and Musagetes launch Sounding the City with Jen Reimer & Max Stein, 2018 Improvisers-in-Residence

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation  and Musagetes are thrilled to present Sounding the City 003: Guelph by artists Jen Reimer and Max Stein, the 2018 Improvisers-in-Residence

Join us for the launch reception at 5pm on Wednesday, September 12th at Boarding House Arts, 6 Dublin Street, Guelph, ON. The exhibition will present the year-long project and provide maps to site-based installations happening throughout the weekend of the Guelph Jazz Festival, in various locations around the city of Guelph.

The studio exhibition will remain open weekdays, 12 – 4:30 pm through the rest of the month of September.

Based in Montreal, Jen Reimer and Max Stein have been working collaboratively since 2008 exploring the resonances of urban and rural environments through performances and installations.  Throughout their residency, Jen and Max have continued their ongoing project “Sounding the City” (, capturing the sounds of Guelph and re-imagining their soundscapes through site-specific installations. Their acoustic interventions invite us to experience our everyday environment in new ways. Boarding House Gallery (6 Dublin St South) will host their exhibition and act as hub for exploring their installations that will emerge throughout the city of Guelph.

There is a musicality to the sounds of a city: the lingering resonance of a church bell, the rumble of an approaching train, the cacophony of cyclists, cars, trucks and trains in transit, and the gentle, pulsating drone that emanates from street lights, power lines and ventilation ducts. These sounds create a meditative counterpoint to the intermittent rhythms of the urban soundscape.  –Jen Reimer and Max Stein, Sounding the City


Each year Musagetes, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), invite an improvising performer to spend time in Guelph-Kitchener-Waterloo to develop an improvisational community project.

 Musagetes is an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in our communities, and in our societies. Our programming takes place in Guelph, Lecce (Italy), and Rijeka (Croatia), as well as through our online platform:

 The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation is a partnered research institute comprised of 56 scholars from 20 different institutions, hosted at the University of Guelph (with project sites at McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Regina, University of British Columbia, and University of California, Santa Barbara). The Institute’s mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action. (

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Jen Reimer and Max Stein
Launch: 5PM September 12, 2018
Boarding House Arts Studio, 2nd Floor
6 Dublin St South
Guelph, ON
Monday – Friday, 12pm-4:30 pm

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