Places We Think We Know

Martial Canterel


About the publication

Places We Think We Know is a new, limited edition vinyl LP produced as part of Irish artist Mary McIntyre’s eponymously titled exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts in autumn 2021.

For the exhibition, DCA has commissioned a new body of photographic work which sees the artist explore ideas of interior space, both physical and psychological. Accompanying these works, the artist has constructed a series of installations that intersect the gallery space in different ways to create bespoke environments from which to consider each image.

Recently, McIntyre has become increasingly engaged in collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice, in particular as the founder of the electronic record label TONN Recordings. The exhibition at DCA debuts a new suite of modular synth compositions by Sean McBride of Martial Canterel, made in response to the artist’s photographs. Within these new electronic compositions, unfolding connections between French Impressionism and cold analogue electronics are embedded with the augmented chords and harmonic structures of Ravel and Debussy.

During the course of the exhibition, Martial Canterel’s music is audible in the gallery at different times of the day, further enriching the experience of moving through the exhibition and engaging with McIntyre’s new work. Take a look (and a listen) here.

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Images courtesy of TONN Recordings

Date August 2021
Edition of 100
TONN Recordings
Catalogue number tonn026 2021
Dimensions 31.3 x 31.6cm

About Mary McIntyre

Mary McIntyre was born in Northern Ireland where she lives and works. She graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast (MFA), where she is now a Reader in Fine Art. Her work has been previously exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2005, the Helsinki Photography Biennial; The Courtauld Institute, London; The MAC, Belfast; Visual, Carlow; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Her work is held in institutional and private collections including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Museum.

She is founder of the electronic record label, TONN Recordings and its sister label New Sinister.

About Martial Canterel

Martial Canterel is the solo project of Brooklyn-based musician Sean McBride, who also performs as half of the duo Xeno & Oaklander. The foremost practitioner in minimal synth today, since 2002 he has been crafting Martial Canterel’s utterly distinctive analogue sound, with his virtuosic modular synth and masterfully adept live performances.