January 23, 2011 - Le Grand Café, Contemporary Art Centre, Saint-Nazaire - New programming
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January 23, 2011

New programming

Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, “Horizon vague (Wave horizon),” 2010.
Courtesy Martine Aboucaya.

New programming

GSM · Geo Sound Map
Dominique Blais · Pascal Broccolichi · Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain · Rolf Julius

22 January – 20 February 2011

Dominique Petitgand
Ce moment d’attente
22 January – 13 February 2011

GSM · Geo Sound Map
Dominique Blais · Pascal Broccolichi · Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain · Rolf Julius

Open every day, except Mondays and Bank Holidays, from 14.00 to 19.00
Wednesdays from 11.00 to 19.00 · Free entry

Landscape, map, territory, topography, pathways … In a text entitled Frontières et pensée interprétative [Frontiers and Interpretive Thought], Christophe Kihm underlines the extent to which spatial references are often called upon to describe certain contemporary visual forms (readymade, minimal art, land art, the site-specific) that “reflect” space and use it to question the conditions of their own definition as much as those of their exhibition. A fortiori, he continues, this vocabulary adapts itself particularly well to sound forms that are concerned with the diffusion and the spatialization of sound. From the “furniture music” of Erik Satie and the “ambient music” of Brian Eno, by way of musique concrete and sound design, the spatial dimension has become an essential composant of sound.

The group exhibition GSM “Geo Sound Map” replays this geographical and cartographical inscription as the principle of a generic approach: organic works (Rolf Julius, Dominique Blais) manifesting a quasi-geological presence, technological installations generating landscapes (Detanico & Lain, Dominique Blais), matiérist drawings and lexical spatializations of sound phenomena (Dominique Blais, Rolf Julius, Pascal Broccolichi) … A number of specific approaches towards the medium of SOUND posing questions of displacement and transcription, encoding and poetry, deviations and territorial mutations.

LE GRAND CAFÉ · CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE
Place des Quatre z’Horloges, F-44600 Saint-Nazaire, France
www.grandcafe-saintnazaire.fr, tel. +33 (0)2 44 73 44 00

Ce moment d’attente
Dominique Petitgand

Sound installation for 9 loudspeakers
Conceived in relation to the entire space of the concert hall, 1997 / 2011

Private View Friday 21 January from 19.45 at Le VIP

Exhibition open from 22 January to 13 February 2011
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 14.00 to 19.00 · Free entry
A partnership between Le Grand Café, Contemporary Art Centre and Le VIP

“The important thing for me is the act of listening, of listenings : the manner in which each person can construct a personal listening act, find a way through the sounds like an inquiry, a cerebral, emotional or musical game.”
Dominique Petitgand

Dominique Petitgand has been composing sound pieces since 1992. Released as discs, played as concerts or taking the form of installations, these works configure a universe that is both immediately familiar AND definitively destabilizing.

This double-barrelled effect develops of course out of the material that feeds into the artist’s work: principally recorded speech, that of people relating lived experience, often intimate, always intense. The recordings capture speech, but also that which accompanies it: breathing, mouth noises, and all that the silence between the words holds, hesitations, inarticulacy, memory lapses. Sometimes language even breaks away so far as to become primitive murmur or distracted humming.

Who are these voices? You and I, children and the elderly, a sample of humanity. Perhaps what caracterizes them, above and beyond their diversity, is their inhabitual register, an extraordinary tone of voice, a strange musicality in the phrasing. And what do they tell us? Generic stories, in which something often vacillates and dysfunctions: the body, thought, or the predictable passage of daily reality. Dominique Petitgand sculpts this flux with precision. He performs clean cuts, stretches silences, brings out the sonic texture—and the story that it articulates—according to a logic of economy or outline. In this desire to say as much as possible with as little as possible, he constructs “intensities by subtraction”(1).

If the work willingly integrates music, it does so according to shared modalities: by whistled refrains or explosive noise, electrical layers or shards, Dominique Petitgand samples, superimposes or interleaves without ever being concerned with the ornamental.

(1) the expression is from Thierry Davila, De l’inframince. Brève histoire de l’imperceptible de Marcel Duchamp à nos jours, Paris, éditions du Regard, 2010.

LE VIP · SCÈNE DE MUSIQUES ACTUELLES
Alvéole 14 de la base sous-marine
Boulevard de la Légion d’Honneur (face à Cinéville), F-44600 Saint-Nazaire, France
www.les-escales.com, tel. +33 (0)2 40 22 43 05

Thanks to the Centre national des Arts plastiques – ministère de la culture et de la communication, Paris
Eric Mouchet, Jean-Paul Guy, Joëlle et Bernard Descamps
Galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux ; Galerie Xippas, Paris ; Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris ; Galerie gb Agency, Paris

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