Workshop: September, 20th 2011, 18:00-21:00 h (10 €)
Installation: September 22nd to October 2nd de 2011 (Free entrance)
Concert: September 22nd 2011, 21:00 h (Free entrance)
Since 1998, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Éric La Casa have worked together based on a common definition of background noise. In 1999 they collaborated on two radio productions for France Culture. Their common research focuses on questions of listening and therefore of space. Their work on Afflux (a mobile musical project created with Éric Cordier between 1998 & 2000) enabled them to develop a site for experimentation: namely the production in a particular site, and in a given time-frame, of music based entirely on sounds found at that place. Conceived for radio broadcast, in 2000 an old shoe factory (TNT, Bordeaux) served as the site for an Afflux installation. The space became subsequently a centre for analysis and further examination of the site.
From 2001, instruments and musical improvisation have become Tools of their investigation of terrain. For example, using the interior of a house (Maison.House) as a site, sound was filtered through notions of musicality. In 2002, a Paris metro station, Pré Saint-Gervais, was the site for an interaction between the station itself and three improvising musicians. The same year, they produced a series of three documentary radio programmes for France Culture examining auscultation – listening to internal organs -, which is to say the role of sound and listening in medical examination, principally in forming diagnoses. The programmes focused on many participants (the cardiologist, the doctor and various patients, including a high-level sportsman). This radio work on “listening territories” was carried out in 2004 with the support of a SCAM bursary. “Enquête en hauts fonds” proposes a survey of loud / whirring / murmuring environments (motorways/the sea/…) in order to perceive and understand the influences of daily life on the inhabitants of these environments. Since 2003, their Inscape project, based on site-specific listening installations, has resulted in concerts from the United States to Australia via France (Inscape, Surface-Témoin, Reflected Waves …). The project has been expanded in recent times to include installations in art galleries presented in conjunction with the ephemeral work of video-artist Yvan Clédat.
“We are a duo and we each exist to lead the other to places he cannot go alone. Our approach can be defined as such: we work to place, or even to force, the ‘natural’ propensity we have for the contemplation of a site – its particular sonic properties and signatures – into a context in which this simple contemplation can be expressed through more or less complex devices, i.e. our work as a duo specifically serves to develop and complexify our individual propensities for contemplation. This we do in various projects intended to combine and integrate images and/or collaborations with sound artists, instrumentalists etc.”
Éric La Casa: http://ascendre.free.fr/
Jean-Luc Guionnet: http://jeanlucguionnet.eu/