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Qui ne dit mot consent
Qui ne dit mot consent James Partaik (2001)

The acoustic spaces of the Capilla de las animas chapel and the Ex-Teresa contemporary art centre in Mexico were incorporated into the contextual work Qui ne dit mot consent.

The acoustic spaces of the Capilla de las animas chapel and the Ex-Teresa contemporary art centre in Mexico were incorporated into the contextual work Qui ne dit mot consent. The basic concept underlying the project was the potential that lies beneath silence. The audience played with the idea of potential because they were the sound sources. The sounds of audience members moving around the device initiated audio events and audiovisual responses. In metal vats filled with black liquid, waterproof speakers produced waves that sketched kinetic images on the surface of the liquid. As the audience walked amid the large containers, any noise over a certain volume would trigger an acoustic disruption in the closest vat.

 

The night of the opening, James Partaik presented the performance Ex-action. He immersed his head in one of the vats, which was filled to the brim, for long periods of time. The installation was completed at Vidéographe during a residency. Simon Laroche oversaw the Max programming.

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