La Table


A project by Julie Faubert (in collaboration with Aude Maltais ­Landry and Suzanne Beth)

Saturday, October 1st 2016, from 2 pm to 5:30 pm
Parc Ethel­ Stark (old Parc Claude­ Jutra, officially renamed on June 15th, 2016)

La Table is a sound intervention ­occupation that seeks to revisit and transform our reading and our experience of public squares. How do we inhabit the spaces we have in common? How do we build the collective history of our cities? Who decides our street names? What is collective memory? How can we participate in creating new senses of belonging to common spaces?

At La Table, we are invited to sit and share a collective dinner in the city, to discuss and take a headset, so we begin to mingle these moments with those of another dinner, on that very place, listening to other people, other words, other ideas. La Table is a metaphor of a real public space : it transforms a public square in a palimpsest of presences intertwined with one another; it creates improbable encounters between people who have occupied this square at different times. Through the use of binaural recordings that mold the very specific square spatiality, guests are invited to participate in a discussion that never ends; to listen to the voices of those who were there before blended in the voices of people who are really there, sitting at the table. From then on, it is about experiencing how it feels and what happens when we live many moments at the same time. (With the participation of 14 people from diverse fields of experience – urbanism, geography, political science, activism, (oral) history, art – who accepted to eat and discuss in Parc Ethel­ Stark on the 20th of August 2016.)