In conjunction with Gilles Aubry’s performance “Les Ames Amplifiées” (Amplified Souls) – on October 9th at the Goethe Institut Boston – swissnex Boston, The Film Study Center at Harvard University and the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University present two video screenings by Gilles Aubry in presence of the artist.
“Notes via a soundscape of Bollywood”, 32’and
“and who sees the mystery”, 27’
Synopsis of “Notes via a soundscape of Bollywood”
Gilles Aubry’s works are established sound studies that are often connected to the politics of the aural. In Notes via a soundscape of Bollywood Aubry explores the socio-cultural city space Mhada in Mumbai in the background of the booming film industry of Bollywood. His observer position is reflected through the text adaption of Pasolini’s film essay Notes towards a film about India (1969), presented as «movie without pictures» – as soundtrack with text projection.
Synopsis of “and who sees the mystery”
Following the repatriation in 2010 of the Paul Bowles Collection of Moroccan traditional music from Washington to Tangier, Zouheir Atbane and Gilles Aubry started a collaborative artistic research focused on the reception of these recordings in today’s Morocco, in relation to contemporary discourse about cultural preservation.
The first outcome of this project is the sound installation “and who sees the mystery” following their residency in Tafraout, a village where Paul Bowles recorded an ‘Ahwach’ music performance in 1959. In collaboration with local musicians and other inhabitants, the artists deliver an interpretation of the return of these music recordings to their original location, including the documentation of listening sessions, discussions and musical practice. The work deals with the politics of invisibility by establishing correspondences between Paul Bowles as an ‘invisible spectator’, the veil as a strategy of resistance against colonialism by the women of the Addal music ensemble and the Pythagorean curtain of French acousmatic music.
About the artist
Gilles Aubry is a Swiss sound artist based in Berlin since 2002. He uses location recordings, sound archives, music and interviews to create live performances, sound installations, publications and ‘movies without pictures’. Informed by researches on cultural, material and historical aspects of sound production and reception, his works address the politics of the audible.
In 2011, Aubry has been a guest artist of the Global Prayers project, carrying an artistic research about the use of audio amplification technology by christian charismatic churches in Kinshasa and Berlin. His installations Pluie de Feu and The Laman Encounter have been presented at NGBK Gallery in Berlin and Camera Austria in Graz in 2011, and as a performance at the House of World Cultures (HKW) in Berlin in 2012. His work Notes via a Soundscape of Bollywood, based on a sonic research about the Mumbai film-industry, was presented as an installation at the House of electronic Arts in Basel in 2013 and premiered as a movie at FID Marseille in 2014. His latest work and who sees the mystery documents a research on the return in Morocco of the Paul Bowles Moroccan music collection and was presented at Marrakech Biennale 2014.
Aubry is also a member of Berlin-based experimental noise band MONNO and has released several solo records on labels such as Winds Measure, Cronica Electronica, Gruenrekorder and Absinth Records. His last audio/book publication on adocs.de documents his research on sonic materialities in Christian churches in Kinshasa.
This event is co-organized by swissnex Boston, Non-Event and the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. It is free and open to the public – registration recommended. Light refreshments will be served after the performance.