Rodolphe ALEXIS




Audiographie Sensible de la Multitude, I - Dialogues d'Ecoutes / Audiography of the Multitude, I - Listening dialogues



This communication can be followed by a sound diffusion of in quadraphony (or stereo). Proposition is based on artistic research project supported by the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. The first field phase will begin in summer 2021 but the first session of meetings and field recordings took place in 2019. As a prospective presentation, expectations and methods of the project will be exposed with a critical approach of the practices of field recording in their cultural determinism within a history of techniques. This artistic research takes place in the "Terra Indigena Sete Setembro" of the Paiter Surui people in the Brazilian state of Rondônia as well as the "Roosevelt" territory of the Cinta Larga people in Mato Grosso. These communities, which have paid a heavy price, both human and cultural, to the economic development of Brazil, are now trying to maintain traditional links with their environment despite ideological or material intrusions. Biodiversity places represented by these indigenous lands are surrounded by a desert of monoculture. The both symbolic and real insularity, makes these territories a fertile ground for listening to the ontological frictions between original animism and modern naturalism. The feverishness of the context, which echoes the current and future global upheavals, makes it more than ever necessary to share our ways of hearing, and to question a heuristic of sound as modalities of relationship or even repair. The construction of the landscape, the notion of nature, its musicality, technical paradigms, the subject-object ratio, relationships non-human ... are all avenues to explore in an attempt to redefine, in a sensitive manner, a multitude of listening and recordings of the living. This first part, entitled "Listening dialogues" will come to meet a Western exoticism and a local daily life, and will result in the realization of collective listening to recorded artifacts, the follow of animal tracks, evening talks, and individual recordings, by imagining some decentralization and other particular modes of attention.

The "inhabited listening" will be considered through the prism of semiotic porosity, relationships and forms of attachment, particularly around symbolic animal figures such as the harpy eagle. By attempting to avoid romanticism or essentialism like any claim to objectivity, it will above all be a collective artistic achievement testifying to a life experience, deployed in different forms of restitution: communications, concerts, installations, and discographic support. The latter having to incorporate in its very conception the notions of extraction, impermanence, and responsibility.