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Twin Islands, with Violaine Lochu, Passerelle Centre d'art contemporain, Brest, FR


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SB: Installation / Sculptures / Costume 

VL: Sound piece / Video pieces / Performance








  photos by/ Aurélien Mole

Screenshots of the video performance Signal Dance by Violaine Lochu, where she activates the costume/sculpture of Sara Bichão:

Ainsi semble-t-il que même les îles aiment se tenir compagnie.
(Hence, it seems that after all islands like to stick together.)

Like shipwrecked women, Sara Bichão and Violaine Lochu live for a period of time separated on two Atlantic islands, near European shores. The first, who landed on the island of Ouessant, discovered vernacular materials,
local legends, the right to brie and isolation, posted in the watchroom of the Créac'h lighthouse, which served as her retreat. The second, landed on the island of São Miguel, in an intrinsically different context, where the swell and winds are more forgiving and the sea brings back sounds from the depths.

Will they embark on a frantic journey across these island regions in the hope of finding each other, like Werner Herzog on the ice road? Will they receive signals from the sea currents? What duality, reciprocity or common
experiences will result from these journeys? Thus, a long-distance communication is launched, awaiting the reunion.

It is the environment that initially separates them that ends up connecting them. They are eaten, and absorved by this unpredictable giant organism that is the observed, surveyed and fantasized space of the sea. From the
islands they look out into the distance. With their hightened senses, they look for each other, they cannot keep their eyes riveted on the details of everyday life. Instead, they face the expanding time, listen to the whales,
talk to the surrounding plants, become familiar with the language of the sea and approach the spatialization above and below the horizon.

As if caught up in this time and space that seems to stretch endlessly before their eyes, Violaine Lochu and Sara Bichão return with singular experiments and a collection of sounds, signs and forms that they communicate to us
through fabulous objects. From silence, sculptures with raw forms and instinctive manufacturing are born. This set of objects produced by Sara are then activated by Violaine, who, through a vocal and choreographic
composition, transmits to us notes from the sea bed. Wearing the suit created in the Créac'h watch room and bearing the writings of an oracle that has come down to us, this human being does its double reading of this


T - Tic tac

W - Whale

I - Ignition

N - Necessary

I - Invert

S - Signal

L - Latitude

A - Antena

N - Noise ?

D - Daboecia Azorica

S - Silence.

/// text byAnn Stouvenel, curator and director of Finisterrae Centre d'art Insulaire

This is a project of Finisterrae and Vaga, partnering with:

CAC Passerelle, Brest / Carpintarias de S. Lázaro, Lisboa 

Supported by Saison France-Portugal, Institut Français, Instituto Camões, GEPAC, Arts in Residence - Réseau National, Art Contemporain en Bretagne

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