lenguas vivas / langues vivantes / living tongues

Saturday, March 6th 2021, 3—5 pm

Radio event on *Duuu

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This radiophonic event went live on March, 6th 2021 at the studio *Duuu. It was recorded and is now available as a podcast.

With: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Virginie Bobin, Hélène Harder, Emmanuelle Lafon, Lucile Sauzet, Pauline Simon and Myriam Suchet.
Production: Léo Roche.

Mercedes Azpilicueta and Virginie Bobin invite five collaborators of the “Bestiario de Lengüitas” exhibition to meet for a conversation around their practices. Gathered for the occasion in the * Duuu studios in La Villette park in Paris, they challenge us to imagine forms of engagement and sharing through listening, noise and voice, essential dimensions of the project. Moderated by Virginie Bobin, this exchange will be punctuated by excerpts from Mercedes Azpilicueta's pieces, more performative interventions and "small gualichos" (small auditory spells).

“Small Gualichos” (Tehuelche word for spells) is a series of small auditory spells offered by the collaborators of “Bestiario de Lengüitas”. At the same time scores of thoughts, voice exercises and sound poems, these are moments of care to listen to or activate in the space and time of your choice.

Small Gualicho #1 Emmanuelle Lafon
Guérison, ou poison? Extract from Mercedes Azpilicueta, Bestiario de Lengüitas (2017-2021)

Small Gualicho #2 Hélène Harder
Extract from Sunaura Taylor, Braves bêtes. Animaux et handicapés, même combat? (2019)

Small Gualicho #3 Myriam Suchet
Extract from Yoko Hayasuke, «Journal d’une cellule radioactive», translated from Japonese to French in Fukushima & ses invisibles. Cahiers d’enquêtes politiques (2018)

Small Gualicho #4 Lucile Sauzet
Extracts from Méthode du Mollement, read by Mercedes Azpilicueta and Myriam Suchet

Small Gualicho #5 Pauline Simon
Extracts from a support forum around testicular contraception

Small Gualicho #6 Virginie Bobin
Extract from Donna Haraway, Vivre avec le trouble (2020)

Mercedes Azpilicueta (born in La Plata, Argentina in 1981) is a visual and performance artist living and working in Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. Her practice involves research and production processes that explore the affective qualities and political dimension of language and voice, in connection to notions of performativity, decolonial feminism and resistance. In 2018 she presented her first major solo exhibition at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art. She received the Pernod Ricard Fellowship, Paris, in 2017 and was artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) in 2015- 2016. She has an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute/ArtEZ (Arnhem, 2013), and a BFA from the National University of the Arts (UNA), Buenos Aires (2007); where she also took the Artists’ Program 2009- 2010 at the University Torcuato Di Tella. She has exhibited her work at Museion - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Bozen/Bolzano, 2020), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven) and CentroCentro (Madrid, 2019), REDCAT Gallery (Los Angeles, 2018), MACBA (Barcelona, 2018), CA2M (Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, 2017), Onomatopee (Eindhoven, 2016), TENT (Rotterdam, 2015), Móvil (Buenos Aires, 2015), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, 2014) and Het Veem Theatre (Amsterdam, 2014). The artist is represented by Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid.

Virginie Bobin works at the crossroads between research, curatorial and editorial practices, pedagogy and translation. She is currently a PhD candidate at the PhD-in-practice at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. In 2018, she co-founded with Victorine Grataloup the curatorial and editorial platform Qalqalah . Between 2016 and 2018, she was Head of Programs at Villa Vassilieff, a space that she co-founded. Previously, she worked for Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Witte de With, Manifesta Journal, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and Performa.

Hélène Harder is a documentary filmmaker whose work notably questions gender representations. She is currently working on two long-distance projects: Casamantes, a transmedia piece, with Karima El Kharraze; and the feature-length documentary Fatna, a woman named Rachid.

Emmanuelle Lafon is an actress, stage director and author. Her passions include collaborating with other artists and exploring the relationships between writing and orality, or music, noise and speech.

Lucile Sauzet is a designer based in Paris. Her work focuses on the notions of embodiment and care. Her practice includes creating experimental objects and costumes and researching sustainable lifestyles in health areas. In 2017, she founded Flux Initiative, her own design studio.

Pauline Simon is a choreographer and performer. Her choreographic practice is marked by transdisciplinary research, where dance arises as a vector around a subject or a context and creates links between the intimate and the political. In 2020, she obtained a master’s at EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Paris, and works on a new creation stemming from this research, The great Hold up.

Myriam Suchet searches, and gets lost a lot. Her literary journey got undisciplined along the way, somewhere between France and Quebec. Senior lecturer at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), she is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France and works in the interstices where institutions meet other spaces of research-action-creation. She has published three books: L’Imaginaire hétérolingue (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2014), Indiscipline! Tentatives dUniverCité à lusage des littégraphistes, artistechniciens et autres philopraticiens (Montreal, Nota Bene, 2016) and L’Horizon est ici. Pour une prolifération des modes de relations (Rennes, Éditions du Commun, 2019).

*Duuu is an Internet radio station dedicated to contemporary creation. Founded in 2012 by artists, this radio station was born out of the desire to present situations of reflection and work. Inventing what an art radio could be today, she experiments with other ways of speaking, and has worked for eight years to meet parallel voices and create encounters. *Duuu is both a tool for producing radio situations, a platform for creating sound objects, and a moving archive. *Duuu is in residency at CAC Brétigny within the framework of "Transmissions".