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June 10, 2009

Audio Bathhouse

Eyelevel Gallery and HAC (the Halifax Audio Club) present their latest Listening Cinema project:


Audio Bathhouse is an offsite audio and video presentation taking place on June 10th from 8pm-midnight at SeaDog’s Sauna & Spa in Halifax. This one night event will occur in tandem with the Sound Bytes Festival, and will be open to the general public (+19) for an audio art experience like no other. Featured artists include: Daryn Boyd, Philip Clark, Michael Fernandes, Carrie Gates, Francois Gaudet, Ian MacTilstra, Dawn Matheson, and Nic Spicer.

Sea Dog’s is an active 2-level bathhouse. The space consists of several rooms (including 23 private rooms, a dark bondage room, a sauna, a whirlpool, etc). For this event, The Halifax Audio Club has programmed site-specific audio and video works that will be setup in various spaces throughout the bathhouse.

Participating Audience members can choose to attend this event clothed or unclothed (you may bring a bathing suit) and towels and lockers will be provided.

Entry fee is $5.00 or $3.00 for students/low-wage. All participants must be over 19 years of age to attend.

For more information contact: Eryn Foster or Michael McCormack at Eyelevel Gallery.
Visit our website: www.eyelevelgallery.ca

Seadogs Sauna and Spa is located at:
2199 Gottingen St. Halifax (right beside Halifax Backpackers)
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=84642862915&ref=mf

Posted by philip at June 10, 2009 06:33 PM


this sounds fantastic! I went to something similar in London a few months back!

Posted by: jenn at June 12, 2009 08:02 AM

This is probably one of the more thoughtless and possibly offensive installations that I have experienced in Halifax. The Seadogs Bathhouse is a predominantly gay/bisexual environment. Not everyone who attends identifies as gay necessarily but they are there for a particular purpose: intimacy with the same-sex. It's foundations are built on and are sustained by bigotry, hate, fear, and ignorance. Historically, in a North American context, it is a 'safe place' for homosexual intimacy. A place where men (and women) could meet safely, discreetly with the low risk of being caught, blackmail, imprisonment, or public humiliation. They exist today because of cultural reiteration and reinforcement. This installation featured little to no queer content or artists or reverence for the historical and political foundations that the bathhouse was built upon. In fact, it is a perfect metaphor for what happens usually - a lack of sensitivity for queer spaces or an erasure/heterosexual representation of the queer.

Posted by: alocalqueerartist at June 3, 2011 11:30 AM