For its fourteenth edition RELECTURES, Khiasma’s emblematic festival of contemporary literature, hosted a series of performances from September 23 to 29, 2013, for the most part never before presented. From fairy tales, scientific accounts, historical fictions and critiques, a platform of writers and performers turned the principles of the (...)For its fourteenth edition RELECTURES, Khiasma’s emblematic festival of contemporary literature, hosted a series of performances from September 23 to 29, 2013, for the most part never before presented. From fairy tales, scientific accounts, historical fictions and critiques, a platform of writers and performers turned the principles of the conference inside out, sowing chaos at the heart of the great tales. A week of “bad jokes” that jubilantly played with the authority of the erudite word and exposed the narrative devices of the sciences. And if the performances expressly deviated in the direction of fairy tale and play, they were also incisive explorations into the question of the forms of the transmission of knowledge. Where there was question of ecology, music, literary characters, zombies, History and current events…
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[Les Lilas • France]
“The idea was to describe a site orally. Five sites: five sites in the World, at the edge of the sea. Five sites where enough elements were combined so that I could deconstruct them in a performance. Five performances. Sometimes friends ask me, when they see me so interested by the animals that surround me, where the interest comes from. It was in part to answer this question that I set off on the Oralieu project: it’s a survey. To describe the sites, I don’t use my imagination, but things that I already know, from the observation of an animal, to information I’ve gathered after the fact. The ensemble forms a body of knowledge, but knowledge that is neither cold nor objective. In Oralieu, knowledge is poetic. Oralieu considers the human, happy with all that attaches him to what surrounds him. A human curious about his attachments. It’s a joyous and curious ecology, never scaremongering or depressing.
Discover Alexis Fichet’s full project on the Oralieu blog: http://oralieu.blogspot.fr/

Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Sunday, September 29, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival

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

The Marboeuf controversy

[Les Lilas • France]
“With Jean-Yves Jouannais, in his absence”, Olivier Marboeuf introduces the principle of a long distance polemic concerning the figure of the greatest writer who never wrote, Félicien Marboeuf, the grandfather the two authors share. After Deuxième Vie, the author returns to the origin of his family name and the capture of his grandfather, revisiting his biography via mental maps inspired by the practices of Barthes. Starting with his patronymic, he discovers new links, be they real or imaginary, which reveal his secret first name and, with it, a new reading of colonial history: where we discover the surprising Pikiki and their mysterious leader “Œ”, and where there will be question of heritage, spoliation and the dance of the dead. A critical operation of identity where the political dimension is approached in an oblique manner, both tragicomic and fantastic.

Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Friday, September 27, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival

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

Deterritorialisations of the vector

[Les Lilas • France]
The tiger mosquito loves men, but men do not love him. In a process of perpetual deterritorialisation, the insect moves wherever it is looked for. In this performance, Frédéric Ferrer shows us an improbable epoch, between Asia and the Mediterranean, littered with tires, maladies, highway rest stops and insecticides.

Transcriptions :
العربية

Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Monday, September 28, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival

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

En dehors (avec les outsiders) #1

[Les Lilas • France] 
As a prelude to Relectures 14, Nicolas Richard makes a vibrant and caustic homage to the outsiders in the music world, with a new performance, a work in progress presented for the first time in public. He leads us masterfully into the synthetic torrents and songs of the Web princes; fearless singers seeking a hypothetical glory. Frequently hilarious, the writing and the playlist are right on target, but are never far from a feeling a tenderness for “those who sing, but never sing”. Nicolas Richard is there where we expect him, accelerating phrases that go in all directions…as for instance, a conference that offers the portraits of several eminent outsiders and accessorially makes a case for engagement in art, however relative it may be.  Everything goes, except continuing to pretend.

Transcriptions :
Français / English

Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Monday, September 23, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival

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

[Les Lilas • France]
“It was then, when I shut my eyes, that to my great surprise many things appeared violently against my closed eyelids. […] A complex and multicolored interweaving, […] like mazes: the tangle of rooms and corridors that made up a labyrinth in full expansion.”

Under the influence of peyote, in the mind of Gwyneth Bison certain hallucinations created bridges between the magic thinking of Mexican shamanism and the technical and creative thinking of Daedalus, the famous architect of the no less famous labyrinth where the Minotaur was imprisoned. Finding his way amongst multiple paths, which open to him as he unwinds his skein, it is under the patronage of Daedalus that Gwyneth Bison conducts this derivative and delirious conference. Allowing himself detours, swerves and surprising correlations, he links Mexico to ancient Greece by a straight line, brings them closer by a curved one, as if he were unwinding a chain of rings, a line of loops, the combination of linearity and circularity, reminiscent of “vacations as a child with his uncle in Nogent-le-Rotrou, where the departure point for the touristic circuit was also the arrival point”…

Transcriptions :
Français / English

Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Monday, September 28, 2013, as part of the Relectures 14 Festival

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