- Los Angeles
“I look for the music in a sentence; the subtextual harmony emanating from a book of imagination that makes us feel that it could not have been written any other way.”
My name is SMITH and I am an artist and researcher with a dual background in art (at the Arles National School of Photography and Le Fresnoy School of Design) and philosophy (La Sorbonne and UQAM). I am interested in the future of human identity in all its moltings, shifts, resistances, and hybridizations through an ongoing practice of metamorphosis involving transitions of gender and state, plasticities, atomic hybrids, biotechnological mutations, and so forth. Across a variety of media, I study the cosmic porosities of human identity by employing a methodology of research combined with polycephal, collaborative, affective creation.
During a ceremony in the Amazon rainforest, I declined an offer of abduction from a rhizomorphic alien who promised me an ecstatic cosmic voyage where the mysteries of existence would be revealed to me. At that moment, I felt it more appropriate to pursue this moving quest by devoting my life’s work to it. Since then, I have striven to turn my dreaming and trance work, as well as my encounters with ghosts and non-human individuals, into seismographic tools for probing our world, alliances, origins, and futures with the greatest-possible curiosity and care.
Marie NDiaye is an author dedicated to the aesthetics, musicality and psychology of her characters. She states: “I look for the music in a sentence; the subtextual harmony emanating from a book of imagination that makes us feel that it could not have been written any other way.”
She defines herself as a novelist of “ambiguity” and one literary critic, journalist Hugo Pradelle, has described her as a “novelist of unique discomfort.”
An artist, (PhD) researcher, and graduate of the Arles National School of Photography, the Fresnoy School of Design, La Sorbonne University, and the University of Quebec in Montreal, SMITH experiments with and explores the links between modern humanity and liminal figures (e.g. ghosts, mutants, hybrids, etc.), committing his own body and those of his collaborators–writers, astronauts, shamans, designers, performers, composers, etc.–into indisciplinary project-worlds.
His works (exhibitions, films, performances, seminars) have been showcased at Rencontres d’Arles, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, La Gaité Lyrique, and La Filature – Scène nationale and, abroad, in the United States, China, Latin American . . . and in space.
Marie NDiaye is a writer, a novelist, a playwright, and a screenwriter. After studying linguistics at La Sorbonne, she was awarded a scholarship from the French Academy to study at Villa Medici in Rome. She has won a variety of awards, including the Femina Prize in 2001 for Rosie Carpe and the Goncourt Prize in 2009 for Three Strong Women. In 2004, she published All My Friends, a collection of short stories, and three young adult fiction novels, La Diablesse et son enfant, Le Paradis de Prunelle and Le Souhait. For the stage, she wrote the play Papa doit manger, which is now part of the repertoire of the Comédie-Française.
In 2009, she decided to try her hand at script-writing for Claire Denis’ White Material. She has since co-written other scripts with Claire Denis and Alice Diop, among others. Marie NDiaye is an author dedicated to the aesthetics, musicality and psychology of her characters. She states: “I look for the music in a sentence; the subtextual harmony emanating from a book of imagination that makes us feel that it could not have been written any other way.” She defines herself as a novelist of “ambiguity” and one literary critic, journalist Hugo Pradelle, has described her as a “novelist of unique discomfort.”
Following an initial unfinished collaborative project to script a feature-length film around spirits and the forest in 2012, we were astounded to discover that we shared the same unique childhood memory. When we were 8, we had each spent a month being driven by our mothers in the backseat of a rented car, with our respective siblings, along the endless asphalt roads and dirt tracks spreading out from Los Angeles. Each shaped by this novel experience (as it was our sole “big trip” abroad until reaching adulthood), we now wish to revisit it through our practice of self-induced cognitive trance, an invaluable asset taught to us by a close acquaintance, musician and author Corine Sombrun, the founder of the TranceScience Research Institute.
We hope to see several occurrences coming out of this residency, not least of which will be the establishment of a common language through sharing our altered states of conscience, all while redefining the conditions of artistic collaboration. We will also explore how memories can be reedited via bicephal reactivation, and rediscover the deserts of California, Nevada, and Arizona from the perspective of desideration.
Meeting with new partners in California, we intend to work together on a new, hybridizing project-archipelago, combining literature, films, performances, and installations.
Starting from our base camp in the telluric city of Los Angeles, a place that pesters us with a certain unfathomable something teased by a memory of the films of David Lynch, we will ride our RV into the nearby Mojave and Sonoran deserts. Here, the landscapes and inhabitants, especially the non-human ones (yuccas, meteorites, rattlesnakes, pumas, etc.), will become, should they so wish, close collaborators in our trance and writing sessions.
Éditions Gallimard, founded by Gaston Gallimard in 1911, is one of the leading French book publishers. Its catalog consists of 36 Prix Goncourt winners, 38 writers who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and ten writers who have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Galerie Christophe Gaillard
Founded in 2007 at rue de Thorigny, Paris, the gallery moved in October 2015 to its new location at 5 rue Chapon, with two distinct spaces: Main Space and Front Space.
Though it should not be seen as one of its guidelines, the Galerie Christophe Gaillard is proud to be working with many women artists. The gallery can be seen as a trajectory space for a new generation of emerging artists. It also represents great figures of contemporary art. Futhermore, working with the agreement of the estate, the gallery aims at enhancing the pertinence of recognized artists from the 60s to the 90s like Tetsumi Kudo, Michel Journiac and Daniel Pommereulle. The gallery opens up to the international market by developing a network of partner galleries and by taking part in many art fairs.
La Filature – Scène nationale de Mulhouse
Each season, the Scène nationale offers theater, dance, music, circus and young audience shows. The programming, open to contemporary creation, mixes internationally renowned artists and emerging companies, contemporary texts and new looks at the repertoire.