Ne regardez pas le renard passer

A sound installation presented at
SUPERVUES Vaison la Romaine, December 2016
EVA VAUTIER Gallery, February 2017
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What is your first memory? This question is only apparently simple. It gives each participant the opportunity to project themselves into a past buried deep in their memory. I recorded the answers of eighty-five people. They generously gave me a memory of their early childhood with great sincerity and emotion. It is these answers that are gathered in a sound piece. It is the mass of all these memories gathered that builds a story at the border of the dream in which we can all project ourselves.
  • The first memory and the archive of what could have happened When we leave Simone Simon's exhibition, some voices resound and call our attention. The words heard within the sound installation accompany us, like guides. There are memories to which we are obliged to turn, in an irresistible movement, in order to continue a conversation that has already begun. These sound recordings tell of "The first pain on the chest and the happiness of talcum powder", "The happiness of jumping into the house", "The pie dough", "A nursery rhyme", "The act of unsuccessful sewing", "The music of Chopin", "Fear", "Madness", "Love at first sight", "The bark of a tree", "The swallowed marble", "The purple sweater", "The first despair", and again the joy, and again the pain, "An unspeakable pain"... and again the emotion. An anonymous archive moves us and calls us to a very particular exercise: the setting in motion of our own memories in their nascent state. Suddenly, we start to question the nature of our memories, their appearance and disappearance. How are our archives built? "To keep, precisely, one destroys, one lets destroy many things, it is the condition of a finished psyche, which walks to life, to death, which walks by killing as much as by ensuring the survival. To ensure survival, one must kill. That is the archive, the evil of the archive", says Jacques Derrida.
Excerpt from the text of Chiara Palermo Doctor of philosophy - University of Strasbourg All rights reserved

The sound installation

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