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A Theatre Cycle | Episode #1 | Ulla von Brandenburg, Julien Discrit, Thomas Dupouy, Claude-Samuel Levine, Laurent Montaron

27 March 2013

Claude-Samuel Lévine performs L’eau a son maximum de hauteur, March 27th, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome Ulla von Brandenburg, Fü-fü-fü-fü-fünf, performance, March 27th, 2013. Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome

Project by Nomas Foundation in collaboration with Teatro Valle Occupato
Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni
Assistant curator: Ilaria Carvani

March 27th, 2013 at 9pm
Teatro Valle Occupato, via del Teatro Valle 21, Rome

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)FĂŞte des belles eaux (1937)
L’eau a son maximum de hauteur
Solo with theremin
7 min
performed by Claude-Samuel LĂ©vine
The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. It was invented in 1919 by the Russian physicist Lev SergeeviÄŤ Teremin (aka LĂ©on Theremin), who was at the time was carrying out some government-sponsored military research into proximity sensors. The controlling section of the theremin consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and volume with the other, so it can be played without being touched, making it one of the most difficult instruments to perform with. LĂ©on Theremin himself was a cellist and took advantage of the music scene he was associated to in order to spread his invention. Some time after Lenin asked him to present his instrument in Europe. The theremin has been since then used by various rock bands in studio and during love concerts.

Ulla von Brandenburg
5 min
Courtesy the artist; Art:Concept, Paris; Pilar Corrias Gallery, London.
Performed by: Marcello Fonte, Luca Franco
Attori: Marcello Fonte, Luca Franco
You are I
And I am you
He is her
And she is him
I am blue//

And you are gray
He is lucky and you are chic//

Nobody wants to be
Nobody did it
Do you see this number
A conversation//
No blame
When I stay here
Hey, yes You
I know You//

Why You//
And always I
On and on
This doesn’t work//

The cold of the world
A handkerchief doesn’t exist
For the burden of the hiers
The horse is ready//

No blame
When I stay here
Hey, yes You
I know You//

Why You//
And always I
On and on

This doesn’t work

Ulla von Brandenburg, Julien Discrit, Thomas Dupouy, Claude-Samuel LĂ©vine, Laurent Montaron
Parfums pourpres du soleil des pĂ´les
50 min
Originally conceived for the New Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2009, Parfums pourpres du soleil des pĂ´les takes as its starting point the phenomenon of synesthesia, a neurological process which automatically links one sense to another, which melded, trade characteristics. In this case the artists have developed a musical score composed by the crescendo of two Indian harmoniums and a shruti box, translated live into a choreography of colors by a synesthete, through the use of sets of chromatic lights simultaneously projected into the space.

Laurent Montaron
4 min
Courtesy the artist and Schleicher/Lange, Berlin
Performed by: Guido Bertorelli, Emiliano Campagnola, Francesco Ferrieri, Valerio Gatto
A historical reenactment of an artillery shot.


Ulla von Brandenburg was born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, Germany. She currently lives and works in Paris. The artist works in a diverse range of media to create complex, multi-layered narratives that investigate the threshold that exists between reality and artifice. Working with literature, theatre, film, photography and the visual art, often some motifs are repeated in different contexts: performance seem to refer to her wall paintings, drawings reveal the preliminary studies for her films, while objects in film scenes become objects in their own right. The artist was inspired by the codified behaviour and culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in order to create new forms and languages, simple and mysterious at the same time.
Solo exhibitions (selected): Gleich Gleich Gleich, Kiosk, Ghent (2013); Eigenschatten - Ombra Propria, Monitor, Rome (2013); Mirrorsong, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2012); Le Chevalier inexistant, Rosascape, Paris (2012); Ulla von Brandenburg: Neue Alte Welt, Art: Concept, Paris (2011); The Objects, Galerie Saint-SĂ©verine, Paris (2010); Name or Number, Le Plateau FRAC Ile de France, Paris (2009); Ulla von Brandenburg, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2009); Ulla von Brandenburg: Whose beginning is not, nor end cannot be, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin;
Passengers 1.68 Ulla von Brandenburg, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2008)
Group exhibitions (selected): Intense Proximite, La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Made in Germany Zwei: International Art In Germany, Sprengel Museum Hannover, kestnergesellschaft, Kunstverein Hannover (2012); Tools for Conviviality, The PowerPlant, Toronto (2012); 11e Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2011); A GeographicalExpression, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2011); Wystawa, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2010); Fare Mondi/Making Worlds, 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2009)

Julien Discrit was born in 1978 in Épernay, France. Lives and works in Paris. After graduating in geography at the University of Reims, he studied at the École supérieure d’art et design. Julien Discrit’s artistic work focuses on geography, cartography and the notion of space in general. Beyond these generic themes, his works bring perception and representation of territories into play, which are therefore directly connected to the links that are forged between the subject and the world itself. In addition to his research on space, there is also a temporal and fictional dimension strongly marked by the notion of scale.
Solo exhibitions (selected): Diagrams, Galerie Martine Aboucaya, Paris (2010); Échelle 1:1, Domaine de Chamarande, France (2010).
Group exhibitions (selected): Aire de Lyon, Fondacion Proa, Buenos Aires; Holodeck, Oslo (2012). Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); Entre-Temps, Minsheng Art museum, Shanghai (2011).

Thomas Dupouy was born in 1981 in Versailles, France. He lives and works in Paris. In 2008 he graduated from the École supérieure d’art et design in Reims. He also studied electro-acoustics at Césaré- National Center of Musical Creation, between 2004 and 2007. Thomas Dupouy is a musician and an artist; whether in the field of vision or sound, his interest is in the upheaval codes present in the collective memory. His work introduces the question of language and space, combining performance, installation, sculpture, video and photography. The artist explores the frontiers between sound art and contemporary art by integrating sound as a medium or as a simple referent. The temporality related to the very nature of sound and perceptual conditions is a means of opening up his work to different fields of experimentation.
Solo Exhibitions (selected): Chapelle, FRAC Champagne Ardenne (2012); Meeting 1, TriPostal, Lille, (2008)
Group Exhibitions (selected): Parfums, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009); Playground Live Art Festival, Stuk Art Center, Leuven (2009); Public Works, Museum of Fine Arts, Reims (2006).

Claude-Samuel Levine was born in 1967 in Paris, where he lives and works. Claude-Samuel Levine is a composer and a musician. After studying harp, percussion and music theory, he soon became interested in Ondes Martenot and in 1996 he won the 1st Prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. Actively participating in the study of the restoration of an instrument, the Ondéa, the artist develops an innovative virtual system that can recreate exactly the original sounds of the special diffusers of Martenot.
Discovered the theremin in the corner of a music hall in Paris, he soon adapted his technique and his entire repertoire for this instrument. He has played with musicians and orchestras around the world, but also with rock bands such as Radiohead.
Discography (selected): Messiaen Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps (2009); Entre la nuit et l'aube (2006); Improvisations (2006); Ailleurs (2006).

Laurent Montaron was born in 1972 in Verneuil-sur-Avre, France. He lives and works in Paris and is currently a fellow at the French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici. In 1995 he graduated at the École Supérieure d'Art et Design de Reims and continued his studies at the École Regionale des Beaux Arts in Nantes. Laurent Montaron works indiscriminately with different mediums, from film to photography, sculpture and sound installations. The focus of his interest is the explorations of visual representation codes, which he studied through the relationship with time and language.
Solo exhibitions (selected): Pigna Project Space, Roma (2013); Schleicher/Lange, Berlin (2011); Pace, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2010); IAC - Institut d’art Contemporain, Villeurbanne – Lyon (2009).
Group exhibitions (selected): 55. Esposizione Internazionale d’arte La Biennale di Venezia “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” (2013); Open End, Sammlung Goetz Collection, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2012); Performa 11, New York (2011); Une Terrible Beauté Est Née, 11e Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2011);