Following the repatriation in 2010 of the Paul Bowles Collection of Moroccan traditional music from Washington to Tangier, Aubry & Atbane started a collaborative artistic research focused on the reception of these recordings in today’s Morocco, in relation to contemporary discourse about cultural preservation.
The film “and who sees the mystery” follows after their residency in Tafraout, a village where Paul Bowles recorded an ‘Ahwach’ music performance in 1959. In collaboration with local musicians and other inhabitants, the artists deliver an interpretation of the return of these music recordings to their original location, including the documentation of listening sessions, discussions and musical practice. The work deals with the politics of invisibility by establishing correspondences between Paul Bowles as an ‘invisible spectator’, the veil as a strategy of resistance against colonialism by the women of the Addal music ensemble and the Pythagorean curtain of French acousmatic music. earpolitics.net
The movie “Il tuo Governo” re-examines the history of Italian workers organizations in Switzerland during the 1960′s and 70′s. It is based on recording sessions with Swiss-Italian experimental musicians reading documents excerpts from the archive of the Colonie Libere Italiane (CLI) and from interviews with migrant workers from the time. The music improvisations recorded in the course of these sessions constitute the soundtrack of the movie.
Gilles Aubry’s works are established sound studies that are often connected to the politics of the aural. In Notes via a soundscape of Bollywood Aubry explores the socio-cultural city space Mhada in Mumbai in the background of the booming film industry of Bollywood. His observer position is reflected through the text adaption of Pasolini’s film essay Notes towards a film about India (1969), presented as «movie without pictures» – as soundtrack with text projection.