La théorie des nerfs creux

Jocelyn Robert 


The underlying concern of La théorie des nerfs creux is that of making the flood of recollection audible along the electrified channels of living memory.

What else is the remembered past but the outline of a wave in the mental sea of electrical charges? Just try to hold one idea in your mind for a few seconds. Even in the deadest room, the darkest dark, your brain is drowning in sparks—sometimes a fine spray like electric rain, sometimes a sudden torrential downpour. Thinking makes noise.

Jocelyn Robert’s La théorie des nerfs creux was Avatar’s third CD release and the first from an Avatar co-founder on the Avatar label. It came out in 1996, bristling with mechanical, electrical, and digital sound energy.

Jocelyn Robert is a multidisciplinary artist from Quebec. He works in music, audio art, computer art, performance, installation, video and writing. His visual and video work has been shown internationally and his sound works have been published on more than 30 cds. His texts can be found in books at Le Quartanier (Montréal), Ohm Éditions (Québec), Errant Bodies Press (Los Angeles), Semiotext(e) (New York), and in a number of art catalogues. Many texts have been written on his art, and two solo catalogues have been published, one by Galerie de l’UQAM and one by Centre Vox. He is involved in art activism at different levels. Amongst other undertakings, he founded that audio and electronic arts centre Avatar and took part in the foundation of the Meduse cooperative. He taught at Mills College (Oakland, California), at Université du Québec à Montréal and at École d’arts visuels et médiatiques de l’Université Laval, where he is director since 2012.

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