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Félicia Atkinson

Félicia Atkinson


Spoken Word

Spoken Word

(une chanson parlée)


1 April 2017 > 28 May 2017

Félicia Atkinson, "Desert Song", collage, 2017

The opening will be Friday 31st March at 6:30 pm and on Saturday 1st April 2017 at 3:00 pm, Felicia Atkinson will be present to discuss the exhibition.




Intro (digression on a psycho acoustic chord)
My uncle’s an astronomer.
I’ve always thought it was fabulous having an astrologer uncle,
being an astrologer
I remember the time when he told me a lot of what he did was just sitting at his computer observing black dwarfs, which are stars – or planets, I’m not sure – that you can’t see.
- "But what do you look at, then?" I asked him.
- "I look at curves. And when they bend out of shape it’s a sign that there are masses present, which means heavenly bodies."
Since that day I’ve been convinced that my uncle and his fellow astronomers are some of the most dedicated observers of abstraction there are.

1st verse (the heroine)
She’s a woman, she’s 35
She’s an artist
She’s a musician
She’s a publisher too
She’s Felicia Atkinson
For La Criée she’s created Spoken Word

Refrain
It’s an exhibition
It’s a landscape you never get to
It’s a sound work/desert island you can stroll about in
It’s a silent film hiding unheard-of music
It’s a series of sculptures you can activate to no end
It’s a game for two with no rules
It’s a frieze of distorting mirrors

2nd verse (for the white room)
There are three big sculptures
You can lean on them, go under them
They’re rocks trees instruments cacti totems furniture
There are also ten sculptures that can fit in your hand
That two people can play with sitting at a table
You can grab the art, touch it, stroke it
There’s the (rocky) desert
There are maps with no memory, too, which are big digital prints on aluminium, hung on the wall
They’re collages of words and simple shapes, triggers for stories, clues
You can almost see yourself in them
And then there are coloured shapes growing on the walls

Refrain
It’s an exhibition
It’s a landscape you never get to
It’s a sound work/desert island you can stroll about in
It’s a silent film hiding unheard-of music
It’s a series of sculptures you can activate to no end
It’s a game for two with no rules

3rd verse (for the whole space)
There’s a sound track
that keeps exhibition hours every day
(travel time and dream time)
There’s the (Sonora) desert
The sound track is sometimes electronic (a modular synthesiser)
Sometimes it’s the sound of the California desert
Sometimes of the wild islands of Brittany
Sometimes samples from audio books
It’s a sound track that sings a scattered narrative with no beginning or end or middle and no plot
There’s the (miraculous) desert

Refrain
It’s an exhibition
It’s a landscape you never get to
....

4th verse (for the black room)
There’s a silent film (behind a heavy fluid molten-coloured curtain)
There are the giant cacti of the Saguaro desert
They’re totems sculptures humans trees instruments
There’s the desert (listen to it)
Felicia is playing for the cacti
Felicia makes slow movements for the cacti, sculptor’s movements
There’s the desert (look at it)
There’s the beauty of the movements
Beauty is a decision and an inexplicable desire

Refrain
It’s an exhibition
It’s a landscape you never get to
....

5th verse (the Green Flashes)
Other works spring from the exhibition
On May 10th Felicia is inviting the poet and artist Hanne Lippard to speak among the works
Litanies melodies timbre range
The voice is an instrument
The invention of the verbual
On May 20th she is inviting the dancer Élise Ladoué to dance slowly amid the exhibition
She accompanies her with her sounds,
Almost a concert
And there’s the book, too, that she’s published with Shelter Press, her publishing house, it’s called Audio Book,
at the same time it’s an outline of the exhibition, and of its sources and continuation


Sophie Kaplan, January 2017


The curator is Sophie Kaplan.

The entire exhibition is produced by La Criée centre for contemporary art, with the support of Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, the French Institute and the Brittany Region.


Saturday 1st April at 3 pm, Felicia Atkinson is present to discuss the exhibition.

Wednesday 10th March at 7 pm, she invites Hanne Lippard for a performance (reading in enghish).

Saturday 13th May at 3 pm the storyteller Vincent Rouard mixes Amerindians stories and games to those of the exhibition (age 5 and up)

As part of the European Museum Night, Saturday 20th May 2017 La Criée is open from 8 pm to midnight.
Felicia Atkinson and the dancer Élise Ladoué play acoustic and chorégraphic performance Omega, from 9 pm and 11 pm.

Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, "Ami(e)", 2017 - plâtre, bois, métal, soie et coton, laine, feutre, 285 x 106 x 470 cm environ Félicia Atkinson, "Ami(e)", détail, 2017 - plâtre, bois, métal, soie et coton, laine, feutre, 285 x 106 x 470 cm environ Félicia Atkinson, "Ami(e)", détail, 2017 - plâtre, bois, métal, soie et coton, laine, feutre, 285 x 106 x 470 cm environ Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, "Nos émotions", 2017 - peintures murales, dimensions variables Félicia Atkinson, "Les cartes sans mémoires", 2017 - impression numérique sur aluminium brossé, diamètre 50 cm Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, "Là-bas", détail, 2017 - étagère en métal peint, plexiglas, 300 x 230 x 260 cm environ, éléments en argile, tissus, bois Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, "Là-bas", détail, 2017 - étagère en métal peint, plexiglas, 300 x 230 x 260 cm environ, éléments en argile, tissus, bois Félicia Atkinson, "Ici", 2017 - plâtre, bois, peinture, 180 x 100 x 480 cm — "Les cartes sans mémoires", 2017 - impression numérique sur aluminium brossé, diamètre 50 cm Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, vue de l'exposition "Spoken Word (une chanson parlée)", La Criée centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, 2017 Félicia Atkinson, "Secrets", 2017 - film muet, numérique, couleur, 7 heures, tourné en Arizona, Californie, Nouveau Mexique et Nevada - produit avec le soutien de l'Institut français (aide à mobilité) et de la région Bretagne Félicia Atkinson, "Secrets", 2017 - film muet, numérique, couleur, 7 heures, tourné en Arizona, Californie, Nouveau Mexique et Nevada - produit avec le soutien de l'Institut français (aide à mobilité) et de la région Bretagne
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