an·other voice is the result of an extended research project that Judith Deschamps carried out at Ircam (Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustics/Music) in collaboration with the Analyse & Synthèse des sons team, singers of different ages and tessituras, and the composer António Sá-Dantas. By means of deep neural networks, they sought to recreate an aria, which the famous Italian castrato Farinelli (1705–1782) used to sing every night to the King of Spain to soothe his melancholy.
Drawing on the myths surrounding the singer's voice, the fantasies of childhood in the age of castration, and the imaginary world of artificial intelligence, the exhibition brings together sound, video and sculptural materials, opening the way to a tangle of sounds and new narratives.
Trained in France and the United Kingdom, Judith Deschamps’s (born 1986 in Paris) multidisciplinary approach combines performance, film, sculpture and installation. With a feminist perspective, she invests historical, cultural and religious references to capture contemporary social and technological conceptions and uses. She has just completed a residency in artistic research at Ircam and has exhibited, among others, at Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme and the Fondation Pernod Ricard, in Paris; Frac Bretagne in Rennes; Frac Grand Large in Dunkirk, and De Appel in Amsterdam.
Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique – IRCAM, Équipe Analyse et synthèse des sons – Laboratoire STMS, La Fondation des Artistes