Chantal Crousel is pleased to present two new films by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, co-produced with the Festival d¹Automne à Paris.
Apotomē takes Hans and Parkie as a starting point, two elephants brought to the Muséum national d¹Histoire naturelle as war trophies in 1798. Allora and Calzadilla¹s investigations made them discover that the same year a concert was performed at the Jardin des Plantes for the elephants exclusively, in order to scientifically test the effects of music on elephants. They got the concert with the same pieces reperformed by Tim Storms the man with the lowest voice in the world singing before the skeletons of the elephants conserved at the Muséum. His voice has a frequency that only elephants can hear.
The film 3 is inspired by the famous Venus of Lespugue, sculpted in mammoth ivory. In response to the geometrical and abstract composition a cello-player performs the prehistoric object musically, using the proportions of the Venus as a music score.
The performance Hope Hippo, presented at the Venice Biennale of 2005, will also be reactivated in the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution at the Muséum national d¹Histoire naturelle.