sound installation with 4 speakers
solo exhibition Quelqu’un est tombé, abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, 2009
Je parle (I talk) – version with English subtitles
solo exhibition Je parle, Diagonales, collection CNAP, École Supérieure d’Art, Clermont-Ferrand, 2010
Les heures creuses
The installation called Je parle is located in a space all in one piece with a very reverberating acoustics.
The first two speakers, standing on the floor and turned the other way round to face the wall, emit elementary and long musical sequences. They spread out thanks to the strong resonance of the place and fill up the whole space.
In between those sequences, alternately and as an echo, the two other speakers, each one set on a pedestal and turned towards an alcove, emit voices from the other side of the space to which they turn their backs (the middle part being left empty). There is a series of very short sentences, broken with long silences, with restrained and impeded words, most of the time reduced to only one word: two children refusing to talk to each other.
Each alcove, which for the occasion is acoustically insulated, becomes a muffled partition which dissociates each utterance into two faces: the word and its echo.
abbaye de Maubuisson, 2009 – photos Catherine Brossais
version with subtitles
Je parle (I talk).
In this new presentation of the piece in a bigger space, the installation doesn’t increase its surface. It takes place in the center of the space while the emptiness around becomes more important.
In this version with subtitles, the sound stays the same (voices in French).
Beside, in a window gangway, a screen which can be seen from the street, shows subtitles, a synchronous written translation of the words being heard in the distance.
English translation by Chet Wiener.
École Supérieure d’Art de Clermont-Ferrand, 2010 – photos Clément Guignard
– captation vidéo abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône, 2009