Il y aurait une table mais vous faites parfois semblant is a contextual occupation/performance that is born from the direct contact between the artists and the place in which it takes place. Architecture, objects, sounds and the spectators themselves become the materials of a game of scale in which objectivity and subjectivity blend and merge. Through sound, the two performers observe and manipulate their immediate environment, making it work in reality and fiction in a perpetual mise en abîme of the present. The words, gestures, actions and movements – those of the spectators and the artists – form a sound material through which the space reveals, transforms and actualizes itself. The spectator becomes the link between the actions of the performers and the area where they are located.
The result of an occasional collaboration between Sébastien Cliche and Julie Faubert, Il y aurait une table mais vous faites parfois semblant is a project that began to take shape during a creative residency in Avatar in 2016. A second residency period in 2017 followed a public test bench and then an official broadcast in January 2018 as part of the Son/+Contexte event. With a common concern for words, sounds, space and bodies in space, the artists conceived this disconcerting performance where our benchmarks are exchanged.
The artists wishes to thank the Avatar Centre for its hosting of the creation residency and supporting the diffusion of this project.