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The sound works of Susanna Fritscher

Air, breath, movements of the tongue and mouth, murmurs, whispers, stammers, unruly flurries of words, blendings of voices – these constitute the vocabulary of Susanna Fritscher’s sound pieces, where the artist applies her exploration of the sculptural universe to that of sound.

The first works (il y a ce que je sais, AUT, 2011) experiment with the voices of the actress Mireille Perrier and the soprano Helia Samadzadeh. Acting as a support, these words are extracts from texts and selected solely for their distinctive tonality or for being simple descriptions of the space where the piece is being transmitted.

The artist got in touch with Charles Pennequin in 2012 and asked him to write three texts; the works une autre pièce: blanc (2012), joue-ire: rouge (2013) and or (2014) were the result, transforming the “words from the mouth” texts of the poet and performer into a sound piece that was reworked in the artist’s studio with Helia Samadzadeh. These three Lautmalereien, recorded and edited in the recording studio, were created to be transmitted during the artist’s exhibitions as an independent and distinct installation; they have also been disseminated live – in locations like the Palais de Tokyo, the Forum d‘Avignon and Frac Franche-Comté.

In 2015, Susanna Fritscher collaborated with the musician and composer Gaël Navard to create two electroacoustic pieces: Capture / the ears and BruitB. Their creation is based around the visual equivalence between the representation of sound frequencies in the software program used by the musician, and the sculptural work Capture / the eyes by the artist: an installation composed of ultrafine filaments. Playing on this analogy, these filaments interspersed by shards of light are changed into a musical score, producing an acoustic sparkling. Capture / the ears was presented during Susanna Fritscher’s exhibition in april 2015 at the Espace de l‘Art Concret at Mouans-Sartoux (France).

The sound works were created with the support of the National Foundation for Graphic and Plastic Arts, Paris.

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