27 July, 2011

A symbol of XXth century in Angers : the "wall smart"

The Le Quai theatre will host on september the 2nd the "Speaker wall", an exhibition par of the 2011 edition of the Angers cultural event "Les Accroche-coeurs". The "Speaker wall" is aN electro-acoustic sculpture made of a piece of a Berlin Wall disappeared in 1989. Its exhibition in Angers was possible thanks to help from the Berlin City and Sony.

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The association of materials with sounds is not new in the work of Benoît Maubrey. As director of Die Audio Gruppe, a Berlin-based art group, he built and performed electronic  clothes, or electro-acoustic clothes and dresses  (equipped with amplifiers and loudspeakers) "that make sounds by interacting thematically and acoustically with their environment".

For the Angers exhibition, he will apparently use with care a piece of the "Wall of shame". But what kind of sounds evoke that block of concrete : tears, cries, bullets and death because of the mumerous East-German citizens who tried, often unsuccessfully, and at the risk of one's life, to pass over that limit toward freedom and a better future.

The piece of the Berlni wall is yet a piece of art, covered by coloured tags which, generallh, are agressive expressions in our urban landscape but looks quite elegant in the moder architecture of the Le Quai Theatre.

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