by Ici-Même (Grenoble, F) and workshop participants
July 4th to 7th – 11:00 / 15:00 / 18:00
July 8th + 9th – 9:00 / 16:00 / 19:00
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Please arrive 10 min. before the scheduled time
individual tours, please register early, see below!
The City Sounds Concerts are blind walks within a moment of the sound environment. Without their sight, members of the audience let themselves be led through a edgeless, slow stroll. The experience shifts perception, playing on the ambiguities between reality and fiction. The addition and subtraction of sounds act as a sensorial revealer and extender. Little by little, a sensible and subjective landscape reconfigures. City Sounds Concerts are an almost motionless journey that reaches far away destinations…
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this experience within the sounds of this neighborhood […] For your comfort, it is preferable to take off your glasses and big earings if you have some […] A luggage facility is at your disposal, in which you can left your bags and where you will find them back after the travel […] You can totally entrust our guides, who are long-time experienced professionals […] Take a few steps aside and choose the place that suits you […] When you are ready, close your eyes, it would be the signal for us that the travel can start.”
The City Sounds Concerts are site-specific, they adapt and transform according to the environment in which they set. The actors/guides of Ici-Même compose the score of their walk with the sounds, lights, odors, densities and intensities of the city, inside and outside, empty and crowded, close and distant… The usages and habits of the city wear off, landmarks disappear and give way to a sensory and poetic experience of space.
Added sounds then slip within the real sounds, opening a fictional dimension. The City Sounds Concerts are using very simple, light and easily transportable equipment: noise-canceling headsets to transform the sensation of space and create an intimate dimension ; dictaphones and small amplifiers moving around and setting the sounds of the environment into motion, eventually moving to abstraction ; flashlights moving behind the eyelids ; small sound objects, sometimes found on the spot… all of which are designing the contours of a new and imaginary space…
Places and routes are chosen for the possibilities they offer. We have been performing them in many railway stations, their human activity and flux, their complex architecture, their quiet and hidden areas allow a great variety of contrasts. Before public performances, practice on location allow to explore the environment, to design the possible itineraries, as well as to negociate accesses, create a complicity with local users of the place. We develop an intimate relation with the place, that eventually gives way to improvisation, to being able to react to events and be taken by what happens during the walk.
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