The Liberated Voice - A day of performances Sound Poetry

On 27/04/2019 from 2:30pm to 8pm
On the occasion of the exhibition La voix libérée – Sound Poetry (21st March – 12th May 2019), Palais de Tokyo and the Fondation Bonotto have organized an afternoon of performances on 27th April 2019 from 2:30 PM – 8 PM, dedicated to this singular form of expression which shakes up the forms and practices of language. First and foremost known as a poetic form that breaks away from the page, here words take on a sonic texture and poetry stands upright.
Six international artists will be present for the occasion, and will offer original performances where speech and orality will take centre stage:
Tomomi Adachi (Japon) : Accurate translations from gibberishes into babbles
Adachi will present a mixed program from Japanese dada sound poem in 1920s to his own sound poems which includes gestural poem, sign language translation of Ursonate, paranormal speech, inaudible sound poem and his well-known infrared sensor shirt using his own voice, self-made electronics and participations of audiences.
Violaine Lochu (France) : Babel Babel
From the age of three months, a child begins to babble: in a purely physical and perceptive game, they explore the possibilities of their vocal apparatus. The sounds that they emit are not necessarily addressed to anyone, nor attempts to convey any particular meaning. Babel Babel is a performance composed using recordings of children’s babbling made in crèches in Seine-Saint-Denis and in Moselle since 2016. Violaine Lochu reworks, displaces and loops this sonic material to reveal the richness of the different sonic states of babbling, this forerunner of language that brings to mind imaginary and distant idioms, and even non-human expressions of the pure pleasure of speech, close to poetry.
Zuzana Husárová (Slovaquie): Energy
This performance explores various forms of energy exchange: in environment, between people, situations, stages of experience, sonic elements and poetic structures. Formally it works with extensive positions of vocal techniques, combines live created sounds with a physical manipulation of pre-recorded syllables, words, phrases and mixes poetry with tonality on the background of a phonosphere of several voices.
Giovanni Fontana (Italy): Poème épigénétique
A performance poet and veritable ‘poly-artist’, Fontana extends and transforms the limits of poetry. His is a poetry shot through with new tensions, and characterized by the contamination of systems, the fusion of hitherto distinct universes, and the use of new medias and new mediums. It combines the vast energies offered by science with those of the body and the memory, thanks to a unique conception of the materiality of language that is underpinned by the voice.
Katalin Ladik (Hongrie): Golden Apocalypse
“On the first such „objets trouvés”, the components of the circuits were soldered to circuit boards by hand and were quite rare in the solder, I called the series of these photos „Genesis”. Then the soldering became more crowded, and when they were so dense on the printed circuit boards that no more lines and dots could be photographed and pressed on them, I called the last piece I found the „Golden Apocalypse”(…)I wanted it golden, because I wouldn’t be comfortable to associate the apocalyptic end of the world of circuits with pessimism.” Katalin Ladik
Joerg PIringer (Autriche): abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
“abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz” is an abstract audiovisual poetry performance. Image and sound are created immediately during the performance by speaking and vocalizing into a microphone and modifying the voice through signal processors and samplers while the software is analyzing the sound to create animated abstract visual text-compositions.
The event will be broadcast live by *DUUU Radio and played back on Radio Metadfeftero (Greece), MEC FM (Brazil), RUC Radio-University of Coimbra (Portugal), RAM Radio Arte Mobile (Italy), Radio Halas (Israel), KunstRadio – Radio Österreich1 (Austria), Power FM (Zambia), etc.
Programme conceived by exhibition curators Eric Mangion and Patrizio Peterlini
A project supported by Fondazione Bonotto (Molvena, Italy) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France)