Creative workshop and audio correspondence with 8 parisian women from North Africa : recordings and meetings from february to may 2010 in the 17th arrondissement (Paris).
Piece for headphones and audiovisual installation at the Bouffes du Nord theater, Paris, june 2010. Collectif Mu-Gaël Segalen-Vincent Voillat-Platform Siwa
The participants were taking back home each week a recorder to invent and collect any sound by themselves, in their own intimacy (“interiors”) and everyday life, alone and with their entourage.
full piece – création sonore dans sa durée totale (arabic-french) :
excerpt 1- extrait 1 : Inland
excerpt 2 – extrait 2 : Transe Prière / Trance Prayer
excerpt 3 – extrait 3 : Jaco
In Thinking of You we worked with women of North African origin usually cut off from the cultural scene and whose relationship with society can be problematic, giving them the opportunity to interact with contemporary artists, here the parisian MU Collective (represented by Gaël Segalen and Vincent Voillat for this project).
By working to involve the women closely and by combining social issues and aesthetic experiences, the project frees art from its usually settings. By developing critical thinking, it both introduces a collective recognition of the necessity of art and attributes political legitimacy to involvement in its creation.
For this artistic experience that lasted three months, women were given a sound recorder to record the sounds of their private sphere (in their homes), and subsequently have others listen to their experiences. The recorded materials was then shared during the experimental workshops the women participate in. A portrait of each woman has been produced by Vincent Voillat, to be filmed in their building stairwell and to last three minutes, which is the length of the electric timer on the light.
Based on this work, a sound and image installation (the women in sounds and images) was produced for audiences.