The basic material of this project is the poem being written by BarDem (2014-2020) on met les phr- [les phrases au centre.
During their residency at OBORO, BarDem and Thierry Simonot will proceed to the studio recording, fragment by fragment (not continuously or live), of excerpts of this poem, so as to have a specific material as detailed and precise as possible: a “voice” seized in its verbal micro-inflections.
They will mount these individual fragments to form a first layer, a kind of cantus firmus, on which the subsequent layers will lay. They will then edit other poetic materials, different from this first layer, that have specific sound-spatial properties: excerpts from radio interviews and conversations between the two artists or with other interlocutors, historical sound poetic materials - Gerhard Rühm, Bernard Heidsieck, Augusto de Campos, Bob Cobbing, Eugen Gomringer, Raul Hausmann - performed by BarDem or other artists.
To this work of sound editing will be combined a work of spatialization – that is to say the realization through a "orchestra of transducers" of a "listening path" – by Thierry Simonot. This dynamic spatialization is conceived and worked from the beginning of the project, so as to constitute an intrinsic dimension, in the same way as the poetic and sound materials previously described. In brief, the project aims to create a listening experience that unfolds as much in space as in time.
The duo will also present a performance at Galerie B-312 on February 9, 2020 at 3 p.m. More details here.
* This project is supported by the Republic and canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council