Blue Devils (Idées Noires)
- denim jacket, digital fabric printing
- 80 x 40 x 25 cm
- Idées Noires, Hochparterre - Berlin, Berlin, 2018
Idées Noires (« dark thoughts ») is the literal Wikipedia French translation for « Blue Devils », an expression, which originally describes the feeling of «having the blues». Therefrom, Affichard wanted to interrogate the « blues » inside each one of us and it’s expression through music. He started working with two other artists – Sarah Wjuniski and Xarli Zurell – in order to write, compose and produce four sound pieces and a poster dealing with this affect. Later on, so as to capture the movement of the musical chords used for the songs, he developed in collaboration with a hand therapist – Joanna Jourdan – a series of splints which retain the finger positions as placed on several instruments (guitar, piano, cello).
The sound pieces were then engraved onto Affichard’s broken wrists’ x-ray plate.
Also known as Records in Bones (RIBS), this engraving method was invented and used to circumvent the ban imposed by the Soviet regime, when Jazz and Rock’n Roll records were smuggled, copied and sold in the black market.
The exhibition gathers and displays these multiple processes and collaborations, playing with musical scores as a concept and object on several levels in which each work has been used to produce the next one.