• Artist: Mitchell Akiyama
  • Medium: Sound Installation
  • Project Type: In the Aggregate
  • Curator: Noa Bronstein
  • Neighbourhood: Scarborough

Countless stories lie dormant beneath our feet: stories of cultivation, enterprise, violence, compromise and theft.


Scarborough Town Centre, Galleria

  • Address: 300 Borough Drive
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors

The Project

A cut at an edge that was always a middle is an effort to retrieve and relate some of the missing, marginal, quiet, celebrated and lost histories upon which present-day Scarborough is built. This multi-channel sound installation is an encounter between audiences and a multiplicity of individuals with important ties to the area. Reflecting on notions of place, land-use and belonging, their voices are braided into a polyphonic, sonic representation of Scarborough.

The Artist

Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based scholar, composer and artist. His eclectic body of work includes writings about sound, metaphors, animals and media technologies. He also composes scores for film and dance and creates works and installations about history, perception and sensory experiences. He holds a PhD in communications from McGill University and an MFA from Concordia University and is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. 


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