Dominique Petitgand, 2022
Publisher: Éditions B42
Graphic design: deValence
Dimensions: 107 x 169mm
Through these 170 short texts, Dominique Petitgand describes how, in various situations of his daily life, he listens. Similar to a crossing of places and times, this evocation of sounds in their absence constitutes a possible fiction around a few themes: the journey of a day from awakening to sleep, domestic or urban listening, travel, the rules of use of conversation, interior music, or the obsession with sound. For each of the situations described, the context, the moment, the circumstance but also the mental or physical disposition of the person listening, are as important, if not more, than the description of the sound itself. This collection thus makes room for non-representable sound and prefers to move the reflection on its effects and its reception rather than on its description. He thus concentrates on a point of detail, resonances, resemblances, or is sometimes simply content to state a question. Particular attention is then paid to what is indirect, is found at a distance, or is revealed after the fact.
Each of these texts can be read independently of each other or by following the organization of the sets proposed by Dominique Petitgand, and participate in the same conception of the act of listening, here thought of as a tool filtering life and insinuating over the days into the thoughts of the author.