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A duet
improvisation on the edges of Language

2008

Performed by Emmanuelle Waeckerle and Sebastian Lexer

A duet is one of the outcome of VINST an ongoing research project exploring the body as language and the interplay between the real and the virtual. It consists of an improvised dialogue between a voice and its avatar.

The whole project is inspired by Antonin Artaud who said “ Man is sick because he is badly constructed. When you will have made him a body without organs, then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom.“

VINST is a unique and highly sensitive vocal instrument, part human part virtual - a body without organs - responding to touch but also to mood and sensibility. It consists of E.W. body image dis-playing points of sonic sensitivity. The sounds are pre- or non- linguistic, and are based on how the body reacts to touch and how it produces sound; If you touch the body lightly, you get pure tones. If you press a bit more, you are tickling; if you prod even more, you generate pain, but there are pleasure sounds too.

programed in Max MSP and Jitter by Sebastian Lexer
with financial support from UCA research Fund

First performed for Epilogue of Jeux de bouches - CCJPF St Yrieix la perche in December 08

see A DUO in moving images / performance video

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