Le fil conducteur, 2017
Sound installation with 11 speakers
Edition 3 (+ 2 A.P.)
Le fil conducteur (The common thread) is about censorship. The censorship of an interview I did a few years ago with someone who talks to me, laughs and tells me things, some I knew, others I didn’t know. Words chopped and cut with a scalpel - at the risk of the unintelligible - from which I erased a large part of the words and sentences (all that constitutes the essential of a subject to understand what one speaks).
Each missing word replaced during the editing by electric frequencies, monolithic and compact, as by masking, making the trace of the erasure manifest. Supernatant of this shipwreck: fragments of sentences, a skeleton of stories, micro vocal gestures, a few pronouns, verbs and some indications concerning the hours. I chose to distribute this montage by separating and distributing the two overlapping layers throughout the entire exhibition space. On the one hand, at the periphery, what remains of the voice, split, scattered, mobile, on a set of 7 speakers, white, fixed to the walls at different heights. On the other hand, towards the center, the electric frequencies on a set of 4 loudspeakers, black, massive and placed on the ground.
The installation puts in relation, in tension, in struggle, these two sound layers, one centrifugal, the other centripetal, which face each other. A few silences, arbitrarily set, allow the person speaking and the person listening to catch their breath.