Luxembourg

2023-07-26T17:00:51+01:00

Soundwalk in Luxembourg

Picture: ©Gaëtan Gromer

Details

Organiser

Les Rotondes

Place

Luxembourg
A project under development with the support of Rotondes.

Support: The City of Strasbourg, the Région Grand Est, the ERDF, the Collectivité européenne d’Alsace and the DRAC Grand-Est.

Sound fiction available in 2024 on the dedicated application – GOH

Reims

2024-03-26T14:36:11+01:00

Une conversation

Picture: ©Matëo Granger

Details

Price : Free

Age : 10+

Duration : 45min/1h

Partner

Saint-Ex, Culture Numérique

Place

Reims

Une conversation is a geolocated soundwalk that invites you to follow two women as they wander around the city of Reims.

Hélène and Lucie meet up after a long time apart. Hélène, who has lived in Reims all her life, has lost an object, and to find it she invites her friend to retrace the route they took the day before. Lucie discovers the city through Hélène’s memories.

They walk through the streets, and as they go, in between lines, we wonder: what has she really lost? What are they looking for? Who is Hélène? Elements escape logic and chronology, and little by little, in the dialogue, the past comes up. From one street to the next, through the different buildings and eras, the discussion operates by telescoping and breaking up: the strict framework of the present explodes.

Through past events and their present echoes, through the bodies of Hélène and Lucie and their presence in the city, the condition of women and their contradictions are also revealed.

A project under development with the support of Saint-Ex, Culture Numérique.

Sound fiction available in 2024 on the dedicated application – GOH

Know more

Gaëtan Gromer, born in 1978, is a sound composer, artist and director who lives and works in Strasbourg. He is the artistic director of Les Ensembles 2.2. He regularly brings his work into conversation with other disciplines, and has notably worked with Maria La Ribot, Valérie Manteau, Hélène Gaudy, Etienne Fanteguzzi, Sebastian Dicenaire, Eve Risser, Lucie Taïeb, Clara Olivares, LNLO, Samuel et Léo Henry, luvan, Zahra Poonawala, Stéphane Perger, Espèce de collectif…

He regularly performs and exhibits in Strasbourg (Musica, Ososphère, ONR, TNS, PMC, Maillon, Pôle Sud, etc.), as well as at MAMCO (Geneva), CAC (Vilnius), CCAM (Vandoeuvre), Gymnase (Roubaix), Laboral (Gijon), Transient (Paris), Accès)s( (Pau), Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), Contemporary Art Biennale (Sélestat), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Digital Life (Rome), Electric Nights (Athens)…

Amélie Lucas-Gary was born in Arcachon in 1982 and lives in Paris. After studying History and Cinema at the Sorbonne, Amélie Lucas-Gary graduated from the National School of Photography in Arles in 2009. Since then, her practice has evolved, and she has published three novels: Grotte (2014), published by Christophe Lucquin Éditeur, Vierge (2017) and Hic (2020), published by Éditions du Seuil. The latter was written during a writing residency in New Zealand. All Amélie Lucas-Gary’s novels deal with the question of creation: that of the universe in Hic, the author’s genesis in Vierge, the beginnings of art history in Grotte. She regularly works with artists on catalogs, exhibitions and performances. Today, she uses photography, sculpture and writing in turn or in conjunction, proposing a form that resonates with the artist’s work and shifts the way we look at the works. In this way, her literary work is strongly influenced by her preoccupations with the plastic arts, which she uses to serve her appetite for romance and adventure.

Antoine Spindler – Trained at the Strasbourg Conservatory in the classes of Ana Haas (violin) and Claude Ducroq (viola), as well as at the University of Strasbourg in musicology, Antoine Spindler has trained (Ircam, Fastlane, PML…) and specialized in electroacoustic and mixed music. He teaches in the Electroacoustic Creation and Interpretation class at the Conservatoire and L’Académie Supérieure de Musique-Hear in Strasbourg. He currently plays with the trio Jafta, with whom he released the album Traces, and with the duo Svië, with whom he created the album Port Data. His experiences have enabled him to collaborate with various ensembles and musicians (Linéa, Live Animated Orchestra, the Ethos quartet, Plurium, Clara Olivares, Eve Risser etc.) as well as with different authors (Hélène Gaudy, Jean Fauque, Valérie Manteau, Sébastien Dicenaire, Lucie Taïeb etc.).

Ville de Strasbourg, Région Grand Est, FEDER, Collectivité européenne d’Alsace and DRAC Grand-Est.

Credits

Text: Amélie Lucas-Gary

Realisation: Gaëtan Gromer

Music: Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler

Voices: Pauline Leurent et Marie Seux

Sound recordings: Antoine Spindler 

Application: GOH

Executive producer: Les Ensembles 2.2

Co-production:  Saint-Ex, Culture Numérique

History & heritage consultant: Véronique Palot-Maillart

Acknowledgement: Eva Chanoir

Marseille

2024-03-18T17:50:19+01:00

L’île aux chiens (the isle of dogs)

Picture: ©Gaëtan Gromer

Details

Price: Free

Age: 10+

Duration: 20/30 min

Organiser

La Citadelle de Marseille
Chroniques

Place

Around the Citadelle
Marseille

The opening of Fort Saint-Nicolas to the public in 2024, even if only partially, is a highly anticipated event for the residents of the city of Marseille. A heavy gate will finally open on one of Marseille’s most visible, best-identified buildings, most steeped in history – but also one of its most mysterious.

Valérie Manteau invites you to explore the sensitive shadowy areas that remain in the interstices of Marseille’s great heroic history, which was written stone by stone in the fort. A walk among the ghosts that plunges you into the mysteries of the Citadelle and sheds light on a little-known episode shrouded in fantasy and suspicion: the occupation of the Citadelle by hundreds of animals, under the aegis of the Army Health and Veterinary Service from 1978 to 2011.

By entrusting its evocation to a civilian who is simply a dog walker, this sound fiction, embodied at a human level, will accompany your journey and try to lift the veil on the taboos protected by the walls that stand in the heart of the city.

A project under construction with the support of La Citadelle de Marseille and Chroniques .

Sounwalk available in 2024 on the dedicated application – GOH

Know more

Gaëtan Gromer, born in 1978, is a sound composer, artist and director who lives and works in Strasbourg. He is the artistic director of Les Ensembles 2.2. He regularly brings his work into conversation with other disciplines, and has notably worked with Maria La Ribot, Valérie Manteau, Hélène Gaudy, Etienne Fanteguzzi, Sebastian Dicenaire, Eve Risser, Lucie Taïeb, Clara Olivares, LNLO, Samuel et Léo Henry, luvan, Zahra Poonawala, Stéphane Perger, Espèce de collectif…

He regularly performs and exhibits in Strasbourg (Musica, Ososphère, ONR, TNS, PMC, Maillon, Pôle Sud, etc.), as well as at MAMCO (Geneva), CAC (Vilnius), CCAM (Vandoeuvre), Gymnase (Roubaix), Laboral (Gijon), Transient (Paris), Accès)s( (Pau), Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), Contemporary Art Biennale (Sélestat), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Digital Life (Rome), Electric Nights (Athens)… 

Valérie Manteau – is a French author, editor and columnist. Her first two books, Calme et Tranquille (2016) and Le Sillon (2018), are published by Le Tripode. For these first novels, she draws inspiration from Turkey, a country close to her heart, to weave her narrative. In 2018, she won the Prix Renaudot for her second novel, Le Sillon. A former member of the “Charlie Hebdo” team, she was also editor at Les Échappés from 2008 to 2013.
In 2013, she joined the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem) in Marseille, as publishing and distribution manager. She now lives between Marseille and Istanbul.

Antoine Spindler – Trained at the Strasbourg Conservatory in the classes of Ana Haas (violin) and Claude Ducroq (viola), as well as at the University of Strasbourg in musicology, Antoine Spindler has trained (Ircam, Fastlane, PML…) and specialized in electroacoustic and mixed music. He teaches in the Electroacoustic Creation and Interpretation class at the Conservatoire and L’Académie Supérieure de Musique-Hear in Strasbourg. He currently plays with the trio Jafta, with whom he released the album Traces, and with the duo Svië, with whom he created the album Port Data. His experiences have enabled him to collaborate with various ensembles and musicians (Linéa, Live Animated Orchestra, the Ethos quartet, Plurium, Clara Olivares, Eve Risser etc.) as well as with different authors (Hélène Gaudy, Jean Fauque, Valérie Manteau, Sébastien Dicenaire, Lucie Taïeb etc.).

The City of Strasbourg, the Région Grand Est, the ERDF, the Collectivité européenne d’Alsace and the DRAC Grand-Est.

Credits: 

Text: Valérie Manteau

Production: Gaëtan Gromer

Music: Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler

Voice: Stina Soliva

Sound recordings, mix: Antoine Spindler 

Application: GOH

Executive producer: Les Ensembles 2.2

Partner: La Citadelle de Marseille, Chroniques – Biennale des imaginaires numériques

Belfort

2024-03-18T16:29:37+01:00

Ouwa

Ouwa - fiction sonore géolocalisée

Picture: ©Matëo Granger

Details

Free

Age: 12 +

Duration 45min/1h


Partner

Espace Multimédia Gantner

Place

Etang des Forges (forges pond)
Belfort

“Les plantes chantent les affects – aux premiers rangs desquels la tendresse et l’attachement – et les émotions – parmi lesquelles on notera, en territoire d’Ouwa, une prédominance de la joie et de la mélancolie.” 

Ouwa is a geolocated soundwalk around the Forges pond, offering an immersive experience that makes living things audible.

During this fictional journey, you are projected into the distant future, where the Forges pond is now part of Ouwa territory. Author luvan invites you to an encounter with the world of plants. A utopia where strange sensory mutations enable a few individuals, known as “flora singers”, to hear, see and smell plants. 

Immerse yourself in a world where the boundaries between humans and plants become blurred. Follow this poetic trail, let yourself be guided and explore a world where nature speaks in mysterious languages. 

Welcome to Ouwa territory, where every step is an encounter with the unexpected.

Inspired by the therolinguistics of American science fiction author Ursula Le Guin, the Ouwa soundwalk offers an immersion in a “What if we could hear the rest of the world”.

A project in development with the help of the Espace multimédia Gantner.

Soundwalk available in 2024 on the dedicated application – GOH

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luvan is an author. Her work focuses on the creation of complex imaginary places, both utopian and dystopian, enabling her to comment on and anticipate current events. For her, fiction is a tool for social and political reflection. Passionate about sound and traditional oral materials, she also writes plays, performs and creates radio programs. She is an active member of the Zanzibar science fiction writers’ collective, alongside Sabrina Calvo, Alain Damasio, Catherine Dufour and Léo Henry, among others. Trained as a historian, luvan (real name Marie-Aude Matignon) lived in Africa, the Pacific, France, China, Scandinavia and Belgium before settling in Germany.

Gaëtan Gromer, born in 1978, is a sound composer, artist and director who lives and works in Strasbourg. He is the artistic director of Les Ensembles 2.2. He regularly brings his work into conversation with other disciplines, and has notably worked with Maria La Ribot, Valérie Manteau, Hélène Gaudy, Etienne Fanteguzzi, Sebastian Dicenaire, Eve Risser, Lucie Taïeb, Clara Olivares, LNLO, Samuel et Léo Henry, luvan, Zahra Poonawala, Stéphane Perger, Espèce de collectif…

He regularly performs and exhibits in Strasbourg (Musica, Ososphère, ONR, TNS, PMC, Maillon, Pôle Sud, etc.), as well as at MAMCO (Geneva), CAC (Vilnius), CCAM (Vandoeuvre), Gymnase (Roubaix), Laboral (Gijon), Transient (Paris), Accès)s( (Pau), Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), Contemporary Art Biennale (Sélestat), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Digital Life (Rome), Electric Nights (Athens)… 

Antoine Spindler – Trained at the Strasbourg Conservatory in the classes of Ana Haas (violin) and Claude Ducroq (viola), as well as at the University of Strasbourg in musicology, Antoine Spindler has trained (Ircam, Fastlane, PML…) and specialized in electroacoustic and mixed music. He teaches in the Electroacoustic Creation and Interpretation class at the Conservatoire and L’Académie Supérieure de Musique-Hear in Strasbourg. He currently plays with the trio Jafta, with whom he released the album Traces, and with the duo Svië, with whom he created the album Port Data. His experiences have enabled him to collaborate with various ensembles and musicians (Linéa, Live Animated Orchestra, the Ethos quartet, Plurium, Clara Olivares, Eve Risser etc.) as well as with different authors (Hélène Gaudy, Jean Fauque, Valérie Manteau, Sébastien Dicenaire, Lucie Taïeb etc.).

The City of Strasbourg Ville de Strasbourg, Région Grand Est, ERDF, Collectivité européenne d’Alsace and DRAC Grand-Est.

Credits: 

Text: luvan

Production: Gaëtan Gromer

Music: Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler

Voices: Sébastien Bizzotto, Florine Chevrolet, Regis Kante, Pauline Leurent

Sound recordings, mix: Antoine Spindler 

Application : GOH

Executive producer: Les Ensembles 2.2

Partner: Espace multimédia Gantner

Wacken, Strasbourg

2024-04-11T10:13:39+01:00

Dompter les rivières (Tame the rivers)

Photo: ©Naohiro Ninomiya

Details

Price : Free

Age : 10+

Duration: 1h


Organiser

Festival Musica
Le Maillon – Scène européenne

Place

Wacken district
Strasbourg

Starting point: Theatre le Maillon

DOCUMENTARY . PATCHWORK . MUTATION

A geolocated soundwalk also available in German – Die Flüsse zähmen – from April 18!

“WELCOME TO WACKEN!

Bounded by the Ill to the north-east,

Avenue Herrenschmidt to the west,

the Place de Bordeaux to the south and crossed by the Aar and the Marne-Rhine canal.

Wacken means

“small stones”

We are
where the Rhine used to run.

here, for a long time, it was nothing

the end of the town

wet land

where no one lives”

Dompter les rivières (Tame the rivers) is a multi-faceted, polyphonic, geo-localised soundwalk that takes you on a stroll through the many facets of Wacken, a patchwork district undergoing constant change.

A guiding character, inspired by the Tunisian fortune-teller who was present at the 1924 colonial exhibition, takes us through centuries and spaces. She allows us to navigate between her present, our present, and a more distant future (2123). Her voice intersects with others that are more neutral, factual, passionate, poetic or political. Dompter les rivières is also the story of a place that stages itself according to the ideologies that inhabit it. A wild place, veined with water, which little by little, from one narrative to the next, gives way to a utilitarian environment, completely under control.
But beneath the backdrop of this perpetual comedy, the water is always flowing peacefully, looking for the right gaps to gush out.

A soundwalk available on the dedicated application – GOH

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Gaëtan Gromer, born in 1978, is a sound composer, artist and director who lives and works in Strasbourg. He is the artistic director of Les Ensembles 2.2. He regularly brings his work into conversation with other disciplines, and has notably worked with Maria La Ribot, Valérie Manteau, Hélène Gaudy, Etienne Fanteguzzi, Sebastian Dicenaire, Eve Risser, Lucie Taïeb, Clara Olivares, LNLO, Samuel et Léo Henry, luvan, Zahra Poonawala, Stéphane Perger, Espèce de collectif…

He regularly performs and exhibits in Strasbourg (Musica, Ososphère, ONR, TNS, PMC, Maillon, Pôle Sud, etc.), as well as at MAMCO (Geneva), CAC (Vilnius), CCAM (Vandoeuvre), Gymnase (Roubaix), Laboral (Gijon), Transient (Paris), Accès)s( (Pau), Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), Contemporary Art Biennale (Sélestat), Nuit Blanche (Brussels), Digital Life (Rome), Electric Nights (Athens)… 

Eve Risser is a composer, pianist and improviser whose music is rooted equally in jazz, improvisation, the written tradition and contemporary music. After entering the jazz class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, she won a conservatory prize in 2008, as well as a soloist prize at the Concours National de Jazz de la Défense. In 2019, she created the Red Desert Orchestra, following a strong interest in Africa and a reflection on the place of the musician in Occident.

Antoine Spindler – Trained at the Strasbourg Conservatory in the classes of Ana Haas (violin) and Claude Ducroq (viola), as well as at the University of Strasbourg in musicology, Antoine Spindler has trained (Ircam, Fastlane, PML…) and specialized in electroacoustic and mixed music. He teaches in the Electroacoustic Creation and Interpretation class at the Conservatoire and L’Académie Supérieure de Musique-Hear in Strasbourg. He currently plays with the trio Jafta, with whom he released the album Traces, and with the duo Svië, with whom he created the album Port Data. His experiences have enabled him to collaborate with various ensembles and musicians (Linéa, Live Animated Orchestra, the Ethos quartet, Plurium, Clara Olivares, Eve Risser etc.) as well as with different authors (Hélène Gaudy, Jean Fauque, Valérie Manteau, Sébastien Dicenaire, Lucie Taïeb etc.).

Lucie Taïeb was born in Paris in 1977. She passed the German agrégation in 2002 and obtained a PhD in comparative literature in 2008. She is currently a lecturer in Germanic Studies at the University of Brest. Her writings span a range of genres, including poetry, novels and essays, and she regularly works with artists. Lucie Taïeb has published several collections of poetry, as well as two novels, both published by Éditions de l’Ogre. Her second novel, Les échappées, was awarded the Prix Wepler in 2019. She is also a translator, notably of Austrian poets including Ernst Jandl and Friederike Mayröcker.

The city of Strasbourg, the Région Grand Est, the FEDER, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace (CEA), the DRAC Grand-Est and CREAA – University of Strasbourg

Credits

Text: Lucie Taïeb

Realisation: Gaëtan Gromer

Music: Antoine Spindler, Eve Risser

Voices: Fayssal Benbahmed, Pauline Leurent, Maxime Pacaud and Marie Seux

Voices (German): Amélie Belohradsky, Katja Harsdorf, Christophe Palz, Moritz Pliquet

Recording studio: Innervision

Text translation: Tatjana Marwinski

Sound recordings: Antoine Spindler

Application: GOH

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Co-production: Festival Musica, Theater le Maillon – Scène européenne

INFOS SUR ÉCOUTE

2023-11-06T16:55:38+01:00

INFOS SUR ECOUTE

The project in brief:

In this performance the musicians re-combine the audio streams of a news channel to question real-time information and its presentational drift.

They mix up the characters, cut up and recompose, yet each spectator reconstitutes a common thread. The fabrication of information is so powerful, the archetypes so constant that, whatever happens, we create our own story, we believe we understand what is going on… Everything needs to be broadcast straight away. The media are all talking about the same thing at the same time. The only originality may be in the way it is presented. To simplify the world, they create characters, archetypes.

Credits

Artistic direction and interpretation: Duo Svië (Gaëtan Gromer & Antoine Spindler)

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

JAFTA

2023-11-06T16:45:07+01:00

JAFTA

The project in brief :

JAFTA is a hybrid scenic proposition at the crossroads between an installation and a concert, which invites people on an imaginary, immersive and singular journey. Traversing acoustics and electronics, JAFTA consists of a duo of augmented instruments, Antoine Spindler (viola) and Christophe Fourmaux (saxophones) accompanied by a real-time audio-reactive video. The amplified and modified sounds, born from the instrumental gesture, inflect the forms, colours and perspectives of the video, which is itself one with the installation. The sound waves generated by the musicians are analysed in real time and the evolution of parameters such as the dynamics or frequencies of the sound will influence the projected video, directly inspired by the rotoscoping technique. The sound and the visual are intimately linked and intertwined here, modifying each other according to the artists’ desires. It is this interaction that takes place in the moment that makes JAFTA unique, making it part of a perpetual evolution. Thanks to mapping techniques, the projection creates a singular scenography that follows the geometry of the place, highlights its asperities and underlines its architectural particularities. JAFTA comes in 3 forms, all the better to adapt to the different possibilities provided by the performance space:

. A form for planetariums 

. A hybrid ‘pit’ form

. A frontal mapping form

The ensemble is driven by a strong desire to focus its aesthetics on musical experimentation through improvisation, the search for new forms, ‘non-fixed’ writing and sound research. Today, the current form of JAFTA extends this experience and develops a reflection on the concept of a local performance show by setting up, during a concert, an original project accessible to all

Credits

Artistic direction: Antoine Spindler & Christophe Fourmaux 

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Schiltigheim Ouest

2023-03-03T17:30:20+01:00

Oniropolis

Photo: ©Naohiro Ninomiya

Details

Price : Free


Organizer

Festival Musica

Location

Parc des Oiseaux
Schiltigheim

ANTICIPATION . DREAMS . TECHNOLOGY

10+ years old

Duration: 45/60 min

In the near future, Oniropolis, a new kind of social network, is a craze among teenagers. It allows you to record, geolocate and share your dreams. Thanks to its famous dream map, it also allows you to glean the dreams of other users. 

But for a few hours, the application has been down. A bug seems to have been triggered in the program, somewhere in France, probably in Schiltigheim. The company decides to send someone into Oniropolis to determine the source of the failure and clean up the system. That person is you.

Oniropolis is an open-air audio story, created and produced by Les Ensembles 2.2. It is a story to be listened to in the streets of Schiltigheim that transports you to an imaginary world through a science fiction narrative.

The author, Sebastian Dicenaire, lives and works in Brussels, but was born in Schiltigheim. With the Strasbourg-based composer duo Svië, he returns to his home town to create an audio story that explores the world of dreams and social networks. 

Take your phone, download GOH, put on your headphones and start wandering. The buried secrets of the Oniropolis application await you in Schiltigheim…

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Oniropolis is the fruit of a creative process familiar to the three artists: immersion in the territory, then the use of the material collected – sounds, stories, testimonies of the inhabitants – as inspiration for the writing and composition. 

For Schiltigheim, this content was enriched by the participation of pupils from eight classes in the town’s schools, who shared their view of their living environment through anecdotes and stories, real or imaginary. Some students even had the opportunity to create a ‘detour’: a small exclusive soundwalk, the result of the educational work carried out with them.

All this material served as a starting point for the artists to create an intriguing literary and sound universe that was immersed in the place. The result is accessible on the GOH mobile application, which uses geolocation to offer you an immersive experience that evolves throughout your walk.

Sebastian Dicenaire was born in Alsace, and now works in Brussels. Writer, poet, author of radio fiction and podcasts, he uses language both in writing and through sound and video. He has published works of poetry (Döner-kebab, ed. Héros-Limite; Personnologue, ed. Clou dans le fer; Dernières Nouvelles de l’Avenir, ed. Atelier de l’agneau… ). In his performances, he tries to push the limits of the spectator’s imagination by encouraging them to create their own ‘mental cinema’, mixing text and sound. His radio fiction blends many genres – poetry and science fiction, mythology and technology – and has won awards at several festivals. 

Svië is a duo made up of Gaëtan Gromer and Antoine Spindler, sound artists and composers of electro-acoustic music.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

Region Grand-Est and DRAC Grand-Est

Credits

Artistic director: Gaëtan Gromer

Text: Sebastian Dicenaire

Music: Svië (Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler)

Sound recording: Svië

Visual: Naohiro Ninomiya

Voices: Pauline Leurent, Milan Morotti

Pedagogical contributors: Arthur Gander, Hugo Siclier, Sylvain Debrock

Derush interviews and workshops: Valentin Hetzel

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Co-production: Festival Musica

Acknowledgements: Sylvie Zorn, the students and teachers of the different schools for their involvement in the project.

Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette

2023-03-03T17:30:01+01:00

Details

Available until december 2023

Organiser:

Esch2022


Location

Belval, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Start :
8 Porte de France, Belval

10 years old +
Duration : 30 / 45 minutes

SCIENCE-FICTION . ANTICIPATION . DATA

10 years old +

Duration : 30 / 45 minutes

Welcome to Belval, home of the Acid-Reine company, the most promising digital company of recent years. Why exactly did you come here? And what do you know about the Acid-Reine company?

In this futuristic soundtrack, an innovative company offers to recycle your digital data into almost unlimited green energy. But this success is tinged with mystery: of the two founders of the company, one went mad, and the other disappeared in unexplained circumstances…

The story invites us to ‘cross the border’: between the visible and the invisible, the real and the imaginary; between Belval and the rest of the world. The musical composition conveys the strangeness of the neighbourhood: a modern, changing, multi-layered place on the borders of the unreal.

Acid-Reine Cie. was created as part of the In the field project for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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Belval is a delimited space, a place rich in history, which does not leave much room for the imaginary, for wandering, for the margin, for the unfinished. This gave the authors the desire to propose a counter-narrative, to imagine the other side of the scenery.

Thus, the neighbourhood served as a place of embodiment for the text, setting its shape and limits. The geography of the streets structured the narrative, imposed chapters, divisions, breathing spaces, a dividing line. This transposition of the fictional universe into the real world also served as a backdrop for the various themes of the story: data processing, the relationship between the digital and the living, the abuses of new technologies, etc.

The musical compositions convey the strangeness emanating from Belval. A modern, changing, multi-layered place, but one that seems to float permanently on the edge of unreality, where it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between what is authentic and what is not, what is ‘finished’ and what is being built. A feeling that strongly coloured the music.

Belval is a place of visible traces, of sounds that are interpreted rather than identified. The composers wanted to play with this boundary by proposing ultra-worked sounds which nevertheless seem perfectly natural or by using almost raw recordings which, out of context, seem completely stylised. If you listen carefully, certain sounds seem to stand out, but each time, something sows a seed of doubt…

Sebastian Dicenaire was born in Alsace, and now works in Brussels. Writer, poet, author of radio fiction and podcasts, he uses language both in writing and through sound and video. He has published works of poetry (Döner-kebab, ed. Héros-Limite; Personnologue, ed. Clou dans le fer; Dernières Nouvelles de l’Avenir, ed. Atelier de l’agneau… ). In his performances, he tries to push the limits of the spectator’s imagination by encouraging them to create their own ‘mental cinema’, mixing text and sound. His radio fiction blends many genres – poetry and science fiction, mythology and technology – and has won awards at several festivals.

Svië is a duo made up of Gaëtan Gromer and Antoine Spindler, sound artists and composers of electro-acoustic music.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Antoine Spindler is a violist and teacher at the Haute école des Arts du Rhin. A member of the Ethos Quartet and the Plurium Ensemble, he has also played with the Linéa Ensemble and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed on several stages, including the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Asian-Pacific Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. He specialises in electroacoustic and mixed music, notably with the Live.Animated.Orchestra or as a member of the Jafta trio.

With the support of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, as well as the French Ministry of Culture, the DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est, the Centre National de la Musique, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg, the LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), the Musica Festival and the Puzzle Thionville.

In partnership with Residhome Luxembourg and the Cottage Luxembourg.

Credits

Text: Sebastian Dicenaire

Music: Svië (Gaëtan Gromer, Antoine Spindler)

Sound recording: Marc Namblard

Illustration: Valérie Etterlen

Voices: Matëo Granger, Yann Hartmann, Pauline Leurent (French version), Richard Doust, Ella Perrin (English version)

Voice Studio: Innervision

Artistic director: Gaëtan Gromer

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

Acknowledgements : The Belval Fund

Villerupt

2023-03-03T17:29:36+01:00

Les saisons invisibles

Illustration: ©Valérie Etterlen

Details

Available until december 2023


Price : Free


Organizer

Esch2022

Location

Villerupt
Meurthe-et-Moselle
France

Start :

Place Jeanne d’Arc


12+ years old

Duration: 60 / 90 minutes

DOCUMENTARY . WORKERS . VESTIGES

12+ years old

Duration: 60 / 90 minutes

The face of cities depends on the direction they look. Villerupt now looks towards Luxembourg, towards the border. The heart around which it was built has emptied and its arteries send its flow over there, on the other side. The heart is to be rebuilt, from a common memory. And lost moments of the Saisons Invisibles (invisible seasons).

Hélène Gaudy is a novelist; Christina Kubisch is a composer. Inspired by the history of the town of Villerupt, on the French-Luxembourg border, and the stories of its inhabitants, they created The Invisible Seasons

This journey tells the story of the region: the landscape shaped by the mines and the emptiness that remains today. It is an image of people, of the various successive waves of immigration; but also of the territory and of the nearby borders, which define the work today. A multiplicity of stories, moments and memories obtained thanks to the testimonies of the inhabitants, who dialogue with the written text: points of view that intersect and complement each other.

The Invisible Seasons was created as part of the In the field project, for Esch2022, European Capital of Culture.

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The musical composition is in keeping with the theme of boundaries: it uses different sources of sounds found on the spot, captured beyond the usual acoustic noises: the invisible waves of Villerupt, the electromagnetic fields, the contact microphones, the hidden vibrations.

Text and music come together to create a photograph of the territory and its history. Through the seasons that punctuate the sound journey, borders follow one another: those crossed in the past, the one that separated France and Germany, the one now crossed by French people working in Luxembourg. This shows their shifting, arbitrary, but also emotional character. Living in a border town is a series of possible changes of scenery, a fragility at the same time as a wealth.

Hélène Gaudy is a novelist. After studying visual arts, she led numerous projects combining writing, image and landscape. She has published art books, books for young people and several stories, including Vues sur la Mer (Les Impressions nouvelles, 2006, second selection for the Prix Médicis), Plein Hiver (Actes Sud, 2014), and Un Monde sans Rivage (Actes Sud, 2009) which was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt. She is a member of the Inculte collective and the editorial board of the magazine La Moitié du Fourbi. 

Christina Kubisch, born in Bremen in 1948, belongs to the first generation of sound artists. Although she is best known for her sound installations and electroacoustic compositions, her practice also extends to video and visual arts. Since 2003, she has been making the ‘Electrical Walks’ series around the world, sound walks in urban spaces, where electromagnetic fields are amplified. Christina Kubisch has taught audiovisual arts in Berlin, Paris, Saarbrücken and Oxford. She has received numerous awards, including the Giga-Hertz 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

With the support of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture, as well as the French Ministry of Culture, the DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est, the Centre National de la Musique, the Collectivité Européenne d’Alsace, the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle, the Ville d’Esch-sur-Alzette, the Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg, LISER (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research), the Musica Festival and Puzzle Thionville.

In partnership with Residhome Luxembourg and the Cottage Luxembourg.

Credits

Text: Hélène Gaudy Music: Christina KubischSound recording: Christina Kubisch, Marc NamblardIllustration: Valérie EtterlenVoices: Matëo Granger, Mathilde Melero (French version), Eli Finberg (English version)

Voice studio: Innervision

Artistic direction: Gaëtan Gromer

Production: Les Ensembles 2.2

With sound extracts by Daniel Brachetti from the short film “Des quetsches pour l’hiver”, J.-P. Menichetti, 1974

Acknowledgements : Tom Thiel, sound engineer

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