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European Sound Delta est une résidence artistique itinérante qui s’est déroulée pendant l’été 2008 : deux bateaux ont remonté simultanément le Rhin et le Danube depuis la Mer du Nord et la Mer Noire pour finir par se rejoindre à Strasbourg. A bord et dans chacune des villes-étapes, trente artistes internationaux ont été invités à enregistrer leur environnement sonore (field recordings, interviews, sphère électromagnétique, subaquatique...) et à se servir de ces matériaux mis en commun pour composer et produire des concerts tout au long des parcours.

A l’arrivée de ce périple, un salon d’écoute flottant explore cet archipel de créations : embarqué sur un bateau-mouche spécialement aménagé (la bulle abritte 3000Watts en quadriphonie), on découvre les pièces réalisées à bord par les résidents mais aussi les paysages imaginés par une dizaine de compositeurs invités. Chacune de ces sept croisières sonores panoramiques est ponctuée par un live. Au même moment, sur le site des Nuits Electroniques de l’Ososphère, l’installation Mirror Ball dévoile les images de la double traversée...

Longue croisière vibratoire de près de 3 mois, ESD s’achève en résonance finale avec les ondes soniques et aquatiques de Strasbourg : L’Ososphère sur L’Ill.

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European Sound Delta is an travelling artistic residency that took place during summer 2008: two boats simultaneously navigated upstream on the Rhine and Danube rivers from the North Sea and the Black Sea to finally meet in Strasbourg. On board and in each of the stopover cities, thirty international artists were invited to record their sound environment (field recordings, interviews, electromagnetic and sub-aquatic spheres...) and to use the shared sound materials to compose pieces and produce live concerts along the itinerary.

At the end of this trip, a floating listening lounge is unfolding as an Archipelago of creations: embarked on a specially fitted sightseeing boat (under the boat transparent ’bubble’ roof : a 3000 Watts and a quadriphonic sound system!), one will discover there the sound pieces created on board by the residents but also the imaginary audio landscapes from some ten guest composers. These seven cruises along the Strasbourg canals will each be punctuated by a live performance taking place in a different background each time. At the same time, on the "Nuits Electroniques de l’Ososphère"’ site, the Mirror Ball installation will display visual documentation of the two parallel journeys...

A long vibratory cruise of nearly 3 month, ESD is closing as a final resonance of the sonic and aquatic waves of Strasbourg: Ososphère upon Ill.

  • The project

    European Sound Delta is an travelling artistic residency that took place during summer 2008: two boats simultaneously navigated upstream on the Rhine and Danube rivers from the North Sea and the Black Sea to finally meet in Strasbourg. On board and in each of the stopover cities, thirty international artists were invited to record their sound environment (field recordings, interviews, electromagnetic and sub-aquatic spheres...) and to use the shared sound materials to compose pieces and produce live concerts along the itinerary.

    At the end of this trip, a floating listening lounge is unfolding as an Archipelago of creations: embarked on a specially fitted sightseeing boat (under the boat transparent ’bubble’ roof : a 3000 Watts and a quadriphonic sound system!), one will discover there the sound pieces created on board by the residents but also the imaginary audio landscapes from some ten guest composers. These seven cruises along the Strasbourg canals will each be punctuated by a live performance taking place in a different background each time. At the same time, on the "Nuits Electroniques de l’Ososphère"’ site, the Mirror Ball installation will display visual documentation of the two parallel journeys...

    A long vibratory cruise of nearly 3 month, ESD is closing as a final resonance of the sonic and aquatic waves of Strasbourg: Ososphère upon Ill.

Co-organization and curators

  • MU (Paris- F)

    MU is a non-profit organisation gathering artists, researchers, producers and techncians partly originating from the Studio National du Fresnoy (Tourcoing).

    In the last 3 years it has been developing a collaborative artistic action on sound environments. These projects rest on the observation of territorial dynamics and the involvement of local citizen.

    In 2004, the collective carried out an artistic action in the underprivileged area of La Goutte d’Or (an itinerary and a series of concerts performances connecting together a few “emblematic” spots of the district’s cultural life). This action continued in 2005 as a creative sound workshop, gathering young people in search of social and professional integration and about ten international sound artists. It resulted in SOUND DROP, an itinerary-composition presented as a fringe happening of the Nuit Blanche event in Paris. In 2007/08, a new version of this project is bound to be durably supported, as a public commission, by the Paris City Council.

    In 2006, the creative sound workshop was reiterated along the same principles, resulting in a concert-performance presented in a vast urban wasteland : Sonic Moons .

    In 2007, MU realized two new audiowalks SUPER 16 and SWEET SIXTEEN presented during the Festival Paris Quartier d’été till August, 2007. Realized during a training workshop in sound creation which took place in la Goutte d’or, 18th district of Paris (Institute of the Moslem Cultures) then in the 16th district of Paris (Palais de Tokyo), the audiowalks were built as a radiophonic fiction putting in mirror two extremly different areas of Paris. In October 2007 MU re-experimented the two sides audiowalk concept during the exhibition « Aires de Conflu(x)ences ». The audiowalks were presented in Sibiu (Romania) and in Luxembourg with the same soundtrack.

    During 4 years, MU has also organised further events in Paris and abroad: meeting-debates at La Guillotine-montreuil- in 2003; workshops with Ars Longa in Belleville (Paris – 11th arr.) in 2004; a series of workshops at the Maison du Geste et de l’Image (Paris – 1st arr.), then at the Point Ephémère (Paris – 10th arr.); participation in the Sous la Plage festival (Paris – 15th arr.); a creative workshop in Bagnolet; an exhibition in Zürich and, lastly, a workshop in Montréal-CAN for the Cité Invisible Biennale –end of 2006. In 2007, MU has been invited to perform in Reims-F, Nantes-F, Sibiu-Ro, Luxembourg-L and again in Zürich-CH.

    In 2007, MU produced Filmer la Musique festival at the art center Point Éphémère. Filmer la musique is a music films festival focusing on innovative and audacious approaches. The next edition will take place from june 3 to june 8, 2008, at the art center Point Éphémère. MU also realized a creative workshop to study the sonor environnment of the champagne caves, wich led to Magma installation at la Cartonnerie de Reims durind the Elektricity festival (Joachim Montessuis and Philip Griffiths, two artists from mu, also played live at this occasion).

    www.mu.asso.fr

    Artistic coordinator : Olivier Le Gal Producer : David Georges-François In charge of development : Nicolas Horber, Eve Lemesle (Danube) , Julie Noppe (Rhine)


  • Rokolectiv (Bucharest - RO)

    Rokolectiv is one of the most culturally actives NGO’s in Romania, focused on music, new media and contemporary culture. Rokolectiv organize each year Rokolectiv Festival, the most important festival for advanced music and related visual arts in Romania. Rokolectiv emphasizes the cross-over of institutional, academic and popular contexts as well as the interdisciplinarity of music, media, technology and visual arts.

    Therefore it significantly contributes to the experimental development of the artistic potential of electronic music in cooperation with design, video, motion graphics and other formats. Due to this exceptional mixture, Rokolectiv attracts a wide audience. As a lively platform for exchange and communication amongst the participants, professionals and visitors, the festival focuses on the social dimensions of music and new media technologies.

    Since 2007, Rokolectiv is a member of the European network European Cities of Advanced Sound together with major festivals like Club Transmediale Berlin, Numusic, Todaysart, Unsound, etc. Rokolectiv organize periodically special events, exhibitions, concerts, performances, and screenings workshops, presentations in various venues in Bucharest and abroad.

    Coordinator : Cosmin Tapu

    www.rokolectiv.ro


  • EU SPACES 21 (BG)

    EU Spaces 21 is a label, grouping together various activities in the field of the media, based in Rousse in Bulgaria. It includes the production of local radio programs, independent television programs and a space on Internet. www.arenamedia.net

    Arena Radio is a radio which broadcasts 24 hours a day of nonstop programs. Among them, 5 hours are also broadcast on 103.9 FM. Arena Radio is a team of FM-professionals who encourage and helps the young people to be interested in the new media. There is a partnership with the cross-border municipality of Giurgiu in Rumania. Collaborations stemming from these two partners become a reality under the name of « Me and EU Club». More than 30 young Bulgarian of Ruse, from 13 to 18 years old, work with their Rumanian counterparts by developing new ideas and new projects in fields of media, journalism and culture.


  • Valérie Vivancos - Associated curator

    Lives and works in Paris, after more than ten years spent abroad. A graduate from the Chelsea School of Art, with tutors including Dave Ryan, Hayley Newman and Rebecca Warren, she also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute with Laetitia Sonami, George Kuchar and Martin Schmitt (Matmos). For a year, she assisted the curator Alexandre Pollazzon by day and regularly DJayed (liliB) by night in various London venues.

    Her artistic practice lies at the crossroads of conceptual performance and sound experimentation, represented by her participative event: Sleep In Opera (l’Opéra du Sommeil) organised in a bunker in the centre of Copenhagen in 2002. Since 1997, She has been taking part in numerous international art events in Brazil, Great Britain, USA, Denmark, Italy, Poland… Her interventions are often accompanied by didactic workshops (Festival Musique Action, ENACT) and she regularly collaborates with other visual and sound artists including Sylvain Marquis, Alice Lewis, David Medalla, Claudia Wegener and the collectives Ottoanna, Addenda and Foreign Investment through live events, urban and radio interventions (Resonnance FM, Agendas of the Venice Bienale). Besides, following the co-founding of a bilingual art review with Rose-Hélène Iché in 1998, she continues to write and translate theoretical texts on art and sound and has been featured in publications by Guy Brett, Sarane Alexandrian, Isidro Hernandez, Renaud Faroux and Bradley Quinn. http://www.vibrofiles.com/


  • Joachim Montessuis - Associated curator

    Since his birth in 1972, Joachim Montessuis has lived in 15 different cities, including Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marrakech, Abidjan, Besançon, Rotterdam, Cologne. He is currently based in Paris. He is interested in the links between art, science and spirituality. He grew up surrounded by Buddhist monks, Gnawas musicians and oriental sacred texts that gave him the sense of ritual and trance in music.

    Since 1993 he has been developing a transversal sonic poetry praxis focused on experimental voice processing and immersive concert-installations. His noise and video events are devised as panic-poetic spaces in which sensorial disturbance and blurring occur, starting from silence, passing through some extreme crescendos, and finally building up to a wall of sound. He has worked in some major European electronic arts centres (CICV, Fresnoy, V2_Lab, KHM) and his live performances and installations have been presented at international venues and festivals including DEAF in Rotterdam, ISEA, ICA in London, Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, Sónar in Barcelona, Elektra in Montreal and Rio de Janeiro.

    He also is the editor of the CD label “Erratum”- devoted to art, noise and experimental sound poetry - which he started 1997. He occasionally curates experimental poetry events and exhibitions. In 2004, he presented M.U.S.H. (a long term research project developed with Eleonore Hellio at the V2_Lab) during the DEAF festival in Rotterdam, a videosonic telepresence experiment between two spaces, where extreme noise interacts with wireless accelerometers sensors, neural networks and real time processing. Montessuis has collaborated with artists including David Larcher, Faustin Linyekula, Serge Pey, Henri Chopin, Joel Hubaut, Jörg Piringer, Franck Ancel, Maja Ratkje.

    www.autopoiese.org/


  • "Counter-current" sound creation

    The European Sound Delta project aims to outline a new and singular cartography of Europe. Along the journey, the characteristic elements of each town and city’s sound identity will be recorded and archived, to be subsequently used in a creative piece. The artists will collect audios fragments of diverse intrinsic quality: in the same way that a local language or music can express a cultural identity, a sound ambiance will contain traces of its context and background. This sound geography will then be organised according to 3 topics:

    • The soundscapes (sonic « landmarks » of a territory)
    • The Music-City (a sounding and resonating city, light melodies picked up by artists, the musicality of languages and dialects…)
    • The social link established by each river (testimonies, recordings carried out along the river)

    Both studio-boats will navigate upstream on the Rhine and Danube rivers, stopping in various urban areas. These stages will enable the local inhabitants to listen to the production of field-based ‘sound objects’ created beforehand: sound works, contextual audio fragments, documentaries, radio programs. The sound identity of the cities will thus travel backwards, as a ‘countercurent’ flux.

  • Two Studio-Boats

    The artists will use these sounds as part of their compositions or their interventions. The studios installed on the barges will act as a kind of lab, the locus for transformation of this sound material. The small digital editing stations will facilitate the production of objects later broadcast via a RADIO or presented in the various EVENTS organised in the stopover-cities. These studios will also be the training space for the creative radio workshops.

    1. The “Gavroche” barge Owner & mariner: Mr. Philippe GUILLERY The Gavroche is a 30 metres-long, Freycinet-type of barge, moored in Charleroi / Landellies, in Belgium. It will host 12 people on board whilst navigating and up to 50 people at once during the events in the stopover-cities.

    2. The “Ile de Texel Nord” barge Owner & mariner: Mr. Francis MILLON The Ile de Texel Nord is a 24 metres-long, Dutch shrimp boat-type of barge, kept in Lyon - France. It will host 12 people on board whilst navigating.

    The crew

    The crew embarked on each barge will consist of:

    • a captain and his assistant
    • a coordinator
    • a production manager
    • a sound engineer
    • a set designer
    • 4 artists (in turns, over 4 limited time-spans, resulting in a total of 16 artists per itinerary)
    • a participant to the creative radio workshop (in turns, over 4 limited time-spans, resulting in a total of 4 participants per itinerary)
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