L'oreille interne (The inner ear)

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L'oreille interne (The inner ear)

18 rue des 4 Fils
75003 Paris
March 23rd, 2013 - May 18th, 2013
Opening: March 23rd, 2013 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
+33 1 53 79 07 13
Tue-Sat 11-1 and 2-7
sound installations


the exhibition includes three artworks, two sound installations and a text work,

the sound installations ‘Je siffle [I whistle]’ (2013) and ‘Au bord du quai [At the edge of the platform]’
(2011 / 2013) take place in the two large main spaces of the gallery, while ‘Mes écoutes [My listenings]’ (2004 / 2013), a series of texts on a video screen, occupies the small alcove, the two sound installations leave the two spaces empty (floors and centers unoccupied), only the speakers occupy the periphery of the walls, they require a listener in motion, in search of the sounds, of their appearances, of their displacements (from one speaker to the other), the sounds perceived from afar or nearby,

the two sound installations play with the particularly reverberating acoustics of the space, the space is blank, raw, the sounds resonate, each short sequence is followed by its echo, the sounds hit against the walls, bounce, misleading us about their source,

‘Je siffle [I whistle]’, transmitted through five speakers that straddle the two main spaces, broadcasts a nearly musical dotted line, an extended succession, interrupted by silences, of a long frayed whistling's fragments,

a long broken whistling in search of its own melody, a primitive musical improvised speech (at the recording, proofread and corrected at the editing), without any preliminary thought, intention, preparation or construction, but nevertheless a live musical thought, created from its very self, moving forward at the mercy of melodious snippets, of suspended notes, of beginnings, suspensions, repetitions, hesitations, returns, variations,

musical thought, speech without words or language, degree zero of composition, the whistled sequences are broadcasted, one after the other, on the the five speakers, going from one to the other, the same way a person would do while walking around the gallery, without any other logic than that of the inner thought process,