The exhibition an·other voice is the result of a long research project that the French artist Judith Deschamps carried out with the Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique (Ircam) in Paris in collaboration with the researchers Frederik Bous and Axel Roebel, singers of different ages and tessituras and the composer António Sá-Dantas. Together they sought to reinvent, by means of deep neural networks, an 18th century aria that the Italian castrato Farinelli used to sing every night to the King of Spain to soothe his melancholy.
Inspired by the myths surrounding the singer's voice, the fantasies conjured up by childhood in the context of castration as well as by artificial intelligence when it comes to coping with human finitude, the exhibition brings together sound, video and sculptural materials, paving the way for an entanglement of new sounds and 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.
Image: Judith Deschamps
Scenography: Gaëtan Rusquet with the participation of Stefan Kartchev
Institut de recherche et coordination acoustique/musique – Ircam, Équipe Analyse et synthèse des sons – Laboratoire STMS, La Fondation des Artistes