Quelqu'un par terre, 2005–2009
Sound installation with 7 speakers and subtitles
Edition 3 (+ 2 A.P.)
Quelqu’un par terre (Someone on the Ground) is made up of three sound parts, secretly linked (one sound that hides another) and broadcast in three contiguous, open spaces of different natures and acoustics.
A first part, which uses two loudspeakers on the ground, makes hear the sound of the wind. The wind of a stormy day, which passes under the doors, creeps into all the spaces and makes architecture sing (and reveals itself in the silences).
A second part uses four loudspeakers fixed in height, on the walls of the main space, large and resonant. Short, sharp sounds (shards of a metal chair violently thrown to the ground) and interspersed with silences, are heard in echoes and rebounds from one wall to another.
Further on, in a more restricted space, which we discover in a second step, a third part broadcasts, it, from a single loudspeaker, placed on a base and in a live position, voices (comments, digressions around a body on the ground). A series of short sentences, hidden until then, which are only heard once the threshold has been crossed, and which take up, in a perfectly synchronized manner, the rhythmic patterns of the splinters of chairs perceived from a distance. When the voices appear to the visitor, a story emerges, links are revealed. Each sentence associated with a sparkle, like a shadow, a twin sound, an echo.