In La Goutte d’Or in the 18th arrondissement, fourteen radio stations allow you to hear an amazing atmosphere composed of music and stories.
Thanks to today’s art, you can invest in public spaces. Temporarily close the cultural space and then go out. This is the promise made by “Les Fables du calao”, which is the sound of fourteen stations cruising under the sign of this bird appearing south of the Sahara-with a long red beak (Red thorn)-Celebrating the cultural diversity of the Guttdorf region in the 18th centuryE In the Paris area, contacts with the African continent were formed.
Why did you choose this bird? “It is celebrated in Sénoufo [peuple qui vit dans le sud-est du Mali, le nord de la Côte d’Ivoire et l’ouest du Burkina Faso], They gave him the power to transport the souls of the dead from our world to the afterlife. In our opinion, it seems right to use the route as a powerful symbol of African classical art and to invite walkers to the diversity celebration.”, Designating Hervé Youmbi and Hervé Yamguen together-both belong to Round Kapsiki De Douala, composed of five visual artists, envisioned this route.
Each hornbill inhabits for two years and represents the listening point at the Barbès-Château Rouge Center. After downloading the SoundWays app and activating GPS on its smartphone, the stroller will automatically trigger the world of listening to the sound by approaching a specific bird. The sound world is composed of the unique atmosphere, music and story of each radio station. .
These sound capsules (3 to 6 minutes each) can transport listeners to farther places. A bird’s nest called “Birds in the Woods, Birdcage” is located on Avenue Chapelle and is led by a tour guide Jacky Libaud who specializes in historian, botanist and amateur ornithologist Goutte d’Or.Of course you can listen to the giggles of the red-billed hornbill, you can also listen “Sixty kinds of Paris” : Rock pigeons, sparrows, black birds, robins, swallows, black swallows, tea est even swim eg, seagulls, seagulls, great…
Historian Naïma Huber Yahi was an expert on French Algerian artists (1962-1987). He was dedicated to restoring the collective memory of immigration and decolonization. He was in Cheikha-Remitti Square. The “Lady Liberty” introduced the world of Algerian female rai, Cheikha Remitti (1923-2006) was the pioneer. Sing some great taboos, such as female desire or alcoholism, “Because the singer was accused of playing slutty games and angered conservatives”, Appoint a historian.
Chaepelle, the avenue with “foie gras and ginger juice” capsules, awakens the taste buds. Maboula Soumahoro, a researcher with parents born in Côte d’Ivoire, a sub-Saharan exile expert, and a teacher at the University of Tours, is curious about France’s black identity. “When we take the subway to 18E In one block when I was a kid, I found all these foods, all these spices, all these music. A kind of Ivory Coast trying to reshape the world of Diura in France”, The teacher remembers. She also found other flavors of Senegal, Cameroon, and Congo here. A cooking melting pot.
The course is made by Mu collective (Art production office specializing in the fields of sound art, music and new media) and Institute of Islamic Culture (HERE), the establishment of the city of Paris. This is one of the 15 headquarters in Africa for the 2020 season. This is a project expected by President Emmanuel Macron to promote and promote the African continent and its diaspora. Various folk activities.
“Preparation for the exhibition “Free Zone” [seize artistes du continent visibles pour le moment virtuellement sur le site de l’ICI, confinement oblige] Three workshops were held in Tangier, Douala and Paris from November 2019 to January 2020. In Douala, we are very happy to meet Hervé Youmbi and Hervé Yamguen”It is the work of ICI Art Director Bérénice Saliou.
Thanks to the project solicitation activity, “Gara’s Fable” is made possible “Beautify Paris”, Launched by the city in 2019 and supported International Art City little more Villa Belleville. Hervé Youmbi and Hervé Yamguen want to question the position and role of art in the iconic public space. In order to interact with the residents, the actions and installations of the Kapsiki Circle transfer the daily features of the city, especially in Cameroon, Germany and the United States.
“For these urban projects, we hope to invite tourists to stroll to discover or rediscover the communities where the projects are installed. Despite curfews and lockdowns, we have managed to overcome difficulties, whether it is the production of resin and fiberglass hornbills or the recording of interventional sound capsule personnel”, Detailed information HervéYoumbi.
In Douala in 2017, two artists have participated in an urban art and cultural event named “Frontiers of Movement”, including an artist named “Fauves”. This involves questioning borders and territories and making room for contemporary issues related to Africa (such as immigration, colonialism, and colonialism).
Hornbills explore the diversity of locations and possible urban boundaries in their own way. “Each bird is installed in a different environment. Some of them perch on trees, on the walls of private or public donors, on buildings belonging to RATP or JC Decaux, Emphasize Bérénice Saliou. The production of each sound capsule is a difficult task: interviews, working in the atmosphere, the voice of Cameroonian storyteller and musician François Essindi hornbill. “
While waiting for the ICI to reopen (probably around May 15th) for a final visit to the “French Region” exhibition, Gint d’Or welcomes its audience.