“Thinking of atmospheres also returns us to the breath, to the continuous and necessary exchange between subject and environment, a movement that forms a multiplicity existing within the space necessary for sound to sound, and for Being, in whatever form, to resonate” (Dyson, 2009:17).

A Research-Creation Project by
Margaret Jean Westby and Nikolaos Chandolias
In Collaboration with Anne Goldenberg and Doug Van Nort.

Wednesday, April 23 at 5:00 pm – 7:00pm by invitation only (RSVP)
Thursday, April 24 at 5:00pm– 7:00pm by invitation only (RSVP)
Location: Concordia University, Blackbox 1515 St. Catherine West – Room EV OS3-845/855


Please email mwestby828@gmail.com to confirm attendance with your name and the date you will be coming. The performance is limited to 15 attendants per showing.

Both performances will be followed by an informal discussion in the Blackbox.

Orbital Resonance is an exploration of internal physiological states of the body, outwardly displaced in light and in sound to create an immersive sensual environment. The performers improvise with sound and movement through breathe, voice, and bodily sensors. The larger environment merges the interactions between various elements (audience, performers, light, sound, architecture, sensors) into a unified, existential orbit. The material produced in real-time resonates back into the space. The traces create their own life, interacting upon themselves for new configurations and interpretations to arise among the spectators.

Orbital Resonance will follow current threads in open source projects (software and movement creation) informed by the DIY (do-it-yourself) ethos, developing new methods of choreographic creation for sonic performative environments and technological design informed by and for the body. Our divergent backgrounds support a transdisciplinary, collaborative process and provide an opportunity to explore gender discrepancies, with the goal of breaking down gender binaries through skill-sharing and performance.


Margaret Jean Westby is an artist and researcher currently pursuing her PhD at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She has created and collaborated in dance performances, installations, and films throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe. Her doctoral research encompasses both a practical and theoretical approach into exploring strategies to remap gender behaviors, engagement, and inequity in the area of technologically augmented dance performance. For more information, please visit mjmwestby.com.


M.Sc in Electrical & Computer Engineering, currently enrolled in M.A., Special Individualized Program (INDI).
During his studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he has developed strong skills and knowledge in programming and designing software systems. His experience as a volunteer in various European student organizations made him aware of the cultural diversity and the wealth of different perspectives in research and learning. His participation to several collaborative projects as well as many student and artistic groups cultivated a truly collaborative perspective and the understanding of common interest. His former research experience is in the fields of nature language processing and semantics. He is currently looking at expanding his knowledge in the fields of interactive media art and developing installations at an international multicultural level.


Anne Goldenberg is interested in the political, epistemic and poetic aspects of collaborative platforms and participative devices. She has a PhD in Communication (UQAM, Montreal) and in Sociology (Unice, Nice) and wrote her thesis on “The Negotiation of Contributions in Public Wikis”. This theoretical work led her to observe the poetics of collective contributions through various forms – multimedia, social sculpture, performance and installation. Inspired by free culture, she mostly explores the relationships between digital material, participative devices, the public and collective action. She facilitates open spaces and booksprints, and likes to make visible, readable and malleable the processes of co-construction of knowledge.


Van Nort is an experimental musician and sound artist who explores deep listening, viscerally immersive experiences and the radical sculpting of sonic materials in dialogue with his acoustic environment. He has regularly presents improvised electroacoustic music at various venues/festivals in the north american region and in the world at large; he often performs solo as well as with a wide array of artists across musical styles and artistic media. Regular collaborators include Pauline Oliveros, If, Bwana and the Composers Inside Electronics. His music appears on several labels including Deep Listening, Pogus and Zeromoon

Many thanks to Hexagram CIAM and Concordia, Topological Media Lab, Chris Salter, Sha Xin Wei, Michael Montanaro, Mark Baehr, Elio Bidinost, Lex Milton, Julian Stein, Navid Navab, and Jérôme Delapierre.

The project is supported by Hexagram | CIAM Student Grant