Whilst the disused Parisian railway depot known as Chapelle-Charbon begins its transformation into an urban park and housing, the opera company MDPA - Alexandra Lacroix, composer Marta Gentilucci, and the research centre Theatrum Mundi are proposing an innovative in situ performance work to capture the history of this exceptional space, but also create new memories through its sonic and kinetic activation.
The artists and researchers are building a new type of sound and performance work combining the names of local inhabitant with sonic materials derived from the site itself, taking the form of a multi-channel electro-acoustic installation and live vocal performance. Collaborating with groups from local schools and social centres, they have recorded hundreds of names that are made audible in the space as a way to mark the presence of the people they represent on a new public site that until now has been silent, empty and unknown.
With its first major outcome culminating in a large-scale public performance in 2020, this project is a long-term process of artistic creation but also of knowledge production. The Evens Foundation, in partnership with Theatrum Mundi, has initiated and commissioned research integrated into the project. This research is aimed at developing an understanding of how performance could offer a set of creative and participative tools to enrich in the relationship between people and a brand new public space. In other words, how performance could be a kind of urban design in itself.
The research project forms part of Evens Foundation’s focus on Art as Experience, a research and experimentation project to explore the conditions that enable a transformative aesthetic experience. Voi[e,x,s] represents a work strongly aligned with these interests, being constituted by relations between people, to a locality and territory, and an investment in a common symbolic world in that space.
We are seeking a researcher to embed themselves in this process and to undertake an observational study of Voi[e,x,s]. This is a unique opportunity to work on a project implying live urban change processes, artistic production, and critical reflection, collaborating with artists, citizens, and sociologists, including Professor Richard Sennett.
Though there is the opportunity to produce and present scientific outcomes, one of the key objectives of this research position is the development of a critical handbook aimed at a broad audience of practitioners, public authorities, and citizens, showing how and why such a performance-making process affects people’s relationship with each other and their environment.
See the full call for applications here. Please send expressions of interest (CV and cover letter of up to 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for expressions of interest 14 July 2019. Interviews 18 July 2019 in Paris.