Playing live in Paris at Centre Mercoeur, was a very special moment!
Thanks so much to Sqar, Laurent and all the visionr team, homemade collective, centre mercoeur and all friends and family who came!
It was a magic strange fragile moment suspended inside a fragment of memory.
AudeRrose live performance, sound and photography
Brent Sqar circuit, sound technic and photography
“Le paradis rouge et l’oiseau impossible” is a semi-improvised audio-visual performance that links the movements of the performer to the sound via two handmade theremin instruments. The action of the performer creates electrical field variations depending on the distance and the contact to the two antennas. The circuits are handmade and designed for low-energy use. This single antenna theremin consist of two oscillators, one in constant vibration and the other driven by the capacitance between the antenna and the performer – or the antenna and the environment. The difference between the frequencies of the oscillations gives some audible signal, that, once filtered and plugged into the main patch, provides the unique sound.
The stage is filled with a collection of sound objects, picked up with piezo microphones combined with dedicated preamps. A music box, a zither, two theremins, a midi keyboard and an ipad piano are played during the improvisation, and recomposed by layers of sound effects, activated via the sound software. No sound samples are pre-recorded, all the process is achieved in real time with direct sound feedbacks. The soundscape is poetic and fragmented of errors and uncontrolled sonic accidents.
The projection is created live on the surface of an overhead projector, with various series of archive images, inks, glass, letters (…) and other composite materials that are assembled on the glass of the projector, creating deconstructed light collage. The collection of im- ages were found in the box belonging to my grand mother, they were digitalized and printed for projection. The narrative reactives visual fragments of her personal history, recomposing them in new narration.
The slides were done with a modified cross development process to achieve this colour result out of the black and white material. Two figures are photographed with long time exposure, creating a third vanishing body.
Between action and improvisation, the performance is an immersive piece placing the viewer in an oneiric space between sounds, projections, story telling and ritual narration. The sound and visual performance is seen as a process, activating our memory loss immersed in a sonic collage.
The performance was created in the summer 2015 and presented live at Spektrum, Berlin, Germany in September 2015 and Live at Databitme festival, Arles, France in November 2015.