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Lecture | Signal to Noise Ratio | Dave Dyment

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Friday, October 27, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Length: 1 hour

Location: Struts Gallery

Length: 40+ minutes

This lecture is given as part of No Ceiling: It's About Time

Our notion of time travel comes primarily from science fiction, where there’s a prerequisite need to physically place the protagonist somewhere off in the distant past or future. Having a character merely listening in on dinosaurs would be maddeningly dull, so we tend to imagine time machines as teleportation devices. But what if they were photo or video cameras, or audio recorders? Signal to Noise Ratio examines this premise as it plays out in speculative fiction novels, films and television programs, as well as in the imaginations of inventors and philosophers, and in the field of Archaeoacoustics.

About the artist

Dave Dyment is an artist whose practice includes audio, video, photography, performance, writing and curating, and the production of artists’ books and multiples. His research-based work is primarily interested in the ways that cultural value is accrued, and an investigation into the language and grammar of music, cinema and television, in order to arrive at a kind a folk taxonomy of a shared popular vocabulary.

His publications include Watching Night of the Living Dead (Platform Gallery), Pop Quiz (Paul + Wendy Projects) and New Life for Fire (Art Metropole), a collaboration with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Dyment’s work has exhibited across Canada and sits in many private and corporate collections, and in the libraries of the AGO and National Gallery of Canada. He has participated in many outdoor art festivals, including Toronto’s Nuit Blanche (2010, 2012), Nocturne in Halifax (2013), London’s LOLA festival (2008, 2009) and In/Future (Toronto, 2016). He was the Canadian artist-in-residence at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown Scotland in the summer of 2008, and participated in the Montreal Biennale in 2014.

Examples of his work can be seen at


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