Laboratory of mobile narratives

Université de Montréal

Taille : 13-100
Depuis : 2014
Statut : en cours
Duréé :
Territoire : Local

Écoute à long terme
Écoute pour co-création
Écoute pour le changement systémique

Simon Harel
Lab Director & Principal Researcher
Université de Montréal


How would you describe your project to a 6 year-old child?

It’s like a sandbox, an open space in which there are no constraints, except to enter. We draw lines throughout the box – there is always writing.

What are you listening to?

Taxi drivers of Montreal. We see the driver as an interpreter, for issues of immigration for example. The taxi is like a mobile sound booth, a passenger compartment for listening. There are ethical issues, a research protocol to not seek just anyone at anytime, which is part of the institutional mechanism. There are listening mechanisms between Montreal and the airport.

Working as well with talking objects in the city, how to bring objects to discuss their experiences.


How can we take into account the failures of listening in the pursuit of an authentic listening? (With the idea that failures are not shortfalls, they have potential)?


Fondements Théorique


The project made with the help of taxi drivers.
Disruptive devices (cf. uber).

L’importance de l’écoute

Intuitively, I would say there there is a lack of listening.
There is too much noise in cities to be able to really listen. It would require listening clinics in the city, places to rest. Because taking your time, adapting to an attitude other than a talking one, is difficult. Really listening, is diving into deep water.

Listening with importance imposes an availability, it breaks the rhythm of verbosity, speaking, it calms the excesses of spoken words.

Listening outside the established frameworks is subversive, just as listening in its primitive form is subversive, revolutionary.
Listening for itself is a challenge!


Listening is being in sync with ones conversational partners, being real whatever that may be. A good degree of listening helps to establish a platform of common understanding. Listening is the primary condition for change.