Everything begins with something un nished, as goes the famous René Daumal’s story, Mount Analogue. is page has triggered several questions in my work during the past two years. It contains at the same time a rmations and doubts, which allows the team in the novel to nd the Mountain. is speci c page explaining the curvature of space with two pieces of paper is particularly important because it gives a key, giving metaphorical access to utopia, and thus creating a possible unity and continuity between physical, intellectual and imaginary worlds.
It all began in Marfa, Texas, when I proposed to the ve other young artists to use Daumal’s novel as a plot and hijack the last chapter yet to be written. As if this small Texan town was metaphorically our Mountain. Later, I convinced them to all produce and write together an alternative ending called Ground Mount based on a storm event that made us change our route and run out of gas in the desert.
The main idea of this project has been to create a work that can be deployed in particular contexts that are each time different.
at is why this sound installation has been played in three different temporalities, and in three different ways, experimenting each time with another approach.
1- Exhibition : When the Storm Causes Detour part. 01, Marfa, Texas, 2015
I first asked a young poet to read out one specific page from Mount Analogue inside, in an enclosed space, such that we could only listen from the outside. Another piece created there was titled Whistle from Saturn – this was played 1 km from the first performance. e idea was to create a sliced curvature of those three spaces, the clinic’s “aquarium”, the diffusion of recorded sounds from Saturn through a volcanic stone found in the desert, and the public moving between those places.
2- Exhibition : When the Storm Causes Detour part. 03, Treize, Paris, 2015
In the second version, I gathered the recorded lecture and the Whistle from Saturn in the same exhibition space. e public could listen to the volcanic stone, while the reading of Mount Analogue di used randomly throughout exhibition via loudspeakers. I also added a picture of a microscopic view of a vinyl record to contemplate as a landscape.
3- Exhibition : Dispersion Measures, Nantes
In the third version, I asked an actress to read the excerpt in a microphone plugged into a delay pedal
effect, while she was behind a wall where nobody could see her. Meanwhile the public, standing in front of the ampli er, only had access to the performance through that delayed audio device. is more complex installation recreated the metaphysical universe of Daumal during the exhibition, while the turquoise colour of the book’s typography invaded the wall. A er the reading, she put down the microphone and turned on the tape recorder, broadcasting the Whistle from Saturn tape. [listen here].