On October 3rd, at 7 p.m., meet with artist-in-residence Violaine Lochu whose ongoing research covers contemporary aspects of “ars memoriae” - the practice of learning-by-heart that goes back to ancient times but is somewhat neglected due to today’s technological device at-hand. (...)On October 3rd, at 7 p.m., meet with artist-in-residence Violaine Lochu whose ongoing research covers contemporary aspects of “ars memoriae” - the practice of learning-by-heart that goes back to ancient times but is somewhat neglected due to today’s technological device at-hand. Reviving memory’s initial sense is a means to create immediate links between one’s personal history, cultural background, and a contemporary artist’s practice. Taking the form of a field -research, “Memoire Palace" spans the diversity of the territory of Montreuil; it pictures different social practices and cultural references. Giving form to a series of interventions - vocal performance, informal meetings, dinners - the project sees its final stage in January, where all contributions are shaped into an artist’s edition to be presented at LE 116. In September, and October, Violaine will arrange meetings and recordings of pieces of personal memory all throughout the city of Montreuil. Several public encounters with the artist allow to contribute to the artist’s collecting for her new project. Feel free to contact the artist if you are a resident of Montreuil and wish to contribute to the project - all language welcome : contact@violainelochu.fr
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Mémoire Palace, la restitution

[Montreuil • France] 
« Cette performance a tenté de rendre compte de la mémoire d’un lieu et de ses habitants dans leur diversité. Pour cela, j’ai mêlé, dans la plus grande liberté et sans hiérarchie, ces paroles hétéroclites, protéiformes, de toutes origines géographiques et sociales. C’est pour cela que l’on passe du tube de l’été à un poème engagé en persan, de l’hymne national ukrainien à une comptine, de la recette sénégalaise du Tiep bou dien à un rap, ou encore à une prière en vietnamien ou en français, et par des chants traditionnels kabyles, gascons, chiliens, suédois, yiddish, bretons et burkinabés. On croise ainsi plus de vingt langues, sachant qu’il y en a une trentaine qui m’ont été confiées. Et tout ça n’a été possible que parce que des générations de femmes et d’hommes ont lutté pour cette liberté d’expression… » 
Violaine Lochu

Enregistré au 116 le samedi 10 janvier 2014, dans le cadre de la résidence de Violaine Lochu au 116 du 15 sept au 10 janvier, et de la fabrication de son projet "Mémoire Palace"
Partition : Violaine Lochu
Projet soutenu par le Conseil Général de la Seine Saint-Denis
Une transcription traduite en arabe sera très prochainement disponible sur le site

[Montreuil • France]
What could be the sound of recall and oblivion? That question helped Violaine Lochu to create Le mot qui vient. The whole sound is based on heu, hum, some Schmol, I can’t remember, wait, bah… So many verbal tics we use to find what’s on the tip of our tongues. 

 

Created by Violaine Lochu in residence at Le 116, as part of her project Mémoire Palace.

A transcript translated into Arabic will soon be available on the website

[Montreuil • France]
Would you think a Senegalese recipe could come across Baudelaire’s poetry L’invitation au voyage ?

Created by Violaine Lochu in residence at Le 116, as part of her project Mémoire Palace.

A transcript translated into Arabic will soon be available on the website

[Montreuil • France]
Seven persons have sang La souris verte to Violaine Lochu. This nursery rhyme is the most transmitted element during Mémoire Palace collection. The young artist offered to place these seven versions on top of each other in order to underline their differences and similarities. It is a real polyphony, then !

Created by Violaine Lochu in residence at Le 116, as part of her project Mémoire Palace.

A transcript translated into Arabic will soon be available on the website

[Montreuil • France]
What do we talk about the most in Montreuil? What could be inhabitant’s favorite subject? Love, for sure! Violaine Lochu gather songs, poetries, jokes and expressions together… in order to constitute a true, multiform, Hymne à l’amour.

Created by Violaine Lochu in residence at Le 116, as part of her project Mémoire Palace.

A transcript translated into Arabic will soon be available on the website

[Montreuil • France]
Violaine Lochu walked around the city of Montreuil asking herself about the way we understand space as we travel through urban landscapes. Sounds levels, sudden noises, changing atmosphere, sound intensity variation… The artist tried to transcribe these phenomenons through her piece Ballade.

Created by Violaine Lochu in residence at Le 116, as part as her project Mémoire Palace.

A transcript tanslated into Arabic will soon to be available on the website

[Montreuil • France]

The song of Roland is a famous example of the slippery slope at play in the History of legend, when events are taken over by a recounting whose scope goes beyond their purely factual dimension. And so, although the historic reality of the battle of Ronceveaux has been established by the crossing of documentary sources, the literary œuvre that emerged continues to serve as a “monument” in memory and language. Violaine Lochu submits it to a series of linguistic alterations, which literally “ruin” the text in an accelerated archeological time. Erosion, fragmentation, sedimentation: these phenomena applied to language are conjugated in whisperings, silences, noises, interrupted songs. The poem is presented in another form, another relief — new asperities, that allow us to glimpse its past splendor. In a quasi romantic vision, the vestige is perceived here as a re-creation of language.

Artist in residence at le 116 beginning in September 2014, Violaine Lochu proposes to reactive the antique practice of ars memoriae, and to compose, via contribution, a pluralized memory of Montreuil, a “Palace of Memory” in the form of cartography (or mapping), publishing and performed intervention.