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Antoine Davenne (France) (06. – 15. 12. 2013)

Antoine Davenne
That Said
Friday 6 and Friday 13 December 2013 at 6pm

N.B. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at the time of the two events. Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has started.

Programme Notes

Babel presents That Said, a performance developed by Antoine Davenne during the first part of his residency at Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, in collaboration with four performers based in Trondheim. The performance is approximately 40 minutes long and is a combination of text, vocal and percussive sound, and body movements.
The performers utter words and rework them into sounds. They alter their voice, its sonority and its pace, and make it resonate across the exhibition space. In the absence of characterisation, they enact voices within a loose narrative. The text takes disquiet over language as the starting point of a movement that emerges in an uncertain political situation. Faced with a brutal environment, the narrators are left without any defined position in the context they describe. Both lucid and receptive, they prepare themselves for resisting a shared resignation and reclaiming the potency of their voice. This disjunctive disposition allows for a cry to arise, in a fluctuation between the articulate and the inarticulate in their speech.
Interweaved with sound, gestures and movements are produced by the performers to further assert their act of refusal. The visual relation they entertain with the space exposes a spatial tension. By shifting focus between their inner process and their place in the room, the performers become a converging point of this setting, and bring into play their continuing anxiety.

Antoine Davenne currently lives and works in Paris. Central to the development of his visual art practice is the role of theatre, a field in which he regularly collaborates as an artistic adviser. His work engages with the notions of process and material, and investigates the potential coexistence of performance and documentation. Actors and dancers have enacted his performances, which are devised in relation to the other mediums he uses: text, installation, photography, sound, and video. His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions and programmes, including Situation|Event at Gasworks, London in 2013.

About the performers

Born in 1991 in Östhammar, Sweden, Alexander Findeisen is a student at the start of his bachelor studies at the Kunstakademiet in Trondheim, Norway. He often works within the fields of gender and repressed sexuality, with performance and video as his mediums. His work was shown at Galleri KiT, Trondheim and at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival in 2013.

Born in 1988 in Bærum, Norway, Elin Glærum Haugland is in her third year of a BFA at the Kunstakademiet in Trondheim, Norway. She works with video, painting and mixed media. Through variations in the use of colour, surface, smell, movement and sound, her work focuses on the sensory and examines how this may affect the imagination. She has participated in several group shows, including "If you say it allowed it is all weighs meaning less", curated by Prinz Gholam at Galleri KiT as part of a performance workshop. In 2012 she showed her first short film at Nova Cinema, Trondheim.

Born in 1990 in Arendal, Norway, Finn Adrian Jorkjen is a second-year bachelor student at the Kunstakademiet in Trondheim, Norway. He works mostly with video and performance, and is interested in creating structures and playing with limitations. His work often revolves around patterns, text, time, emotional states and movement. He performed several times at Galleri KiT and exhibited at Konstfack, Stockholm in 2013. He is currently co-running Galleri Blunk.

Born in 1983 in Oslo, Norway, Anne Cecilie Lie is attending the last year of her BFA at the Kunstakademiet in Trondheim, Norway. She works in a variety of media, primarily installation and performance. Her work examines memory and identity and issues of our affluent society. Recent exhibitions include "Constant Decay" organised by Rake Visningsrom and Galleri KiT, Trondheim. She has been the managing director of Galleri Blunk, Trondheim since 2012.

TEXT AND IMAGES FROM THE EXHIBITION HERE!