Sandra Volny, Ph.D.


Sandra Volny lives and works between Paris, France and Montréal, Canada. She obtained her practice-based Masters (MFA) at Concordia University in Montréal, and her research-based Masters at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Her fascination with aural awareness and the “sonar body’s” practices of space led her to develop and deepen a set of theoretical works, artistic experiments, and collective workshops during these last few years. She recently completed her doctoral thesis in Sciences of Arts and Aesthetics at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, which is entitled The Surviving Aural Spaces.

Volny is the recipient of several residencies and awards for artistic projects and academic excellence, such as a Creation and Exploration Project Grant from the Québec Council for the Arts (2015), two Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant (2015, 2017), a Hearing Landscape Critically - Harvard University Travel Grant (2015), multiple Conferences and Seminar Grants from the School of Doctorate studies (2013-2015), the State of Lower Saxony Program for the Promotion of Young Artist in Sound Art (2012), a Study and Research residency grant from Region Île-de-France (2011).  

Her work has been presented in individual and collective exhibitions at local and international venues, such as Michel Journiac Gallery (Paris, France, 2017), FOFA gallery (Montréal, Canada, 2017),  Ionion Centre for the Arts and Culture (Kefalonia, Greece, 2017), Centre Clark (Montréal, Canada, 2016), Dazibao Gallery (Montréal, CA, 2016), Raumlabor-267 Quartiere für zeitgenössische Kunst und Fotografie (Braunschweig, Germany, 2013), Darling Foundry (Montréal, 2012), and Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Montréal, 2011). Her videos have been screened in festivals such as the Braunschweig International Film Festival (2017), DOCM-Visions du Réel Market Film (2016), Festival Jean-Rouch (2012) and Festival Arts Souterrains (2012). 

Volny has also led workshops, given talks and lectures at international events including Hearing Landscape Critically at Harvard University in Boston, US (2015), Running with Concepts: The Sonic Edition, Blackwood Gallery in Toronto, CA, (2013), the 2nd International Congress on Ambiances at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal, CA (2012) and Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Master of Fine Arts) Braunschweig. She also led talks and workshops with TRIANGULAR at Universidad de Antofagasta (Architecture Faculty), Universidad de Chile (Master of Fine Arts Faculty) and Instituto Chileno Antártico (2015).

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