Cephea's whispering stones
duo Khurtova & Bourlanges
exhibition at the Bookstore space, Amsterdam, October 2016
curated by Justina Nekrasaite
We develop sculptural translations based on a peculiar text of Jacques dedicated to the constellation of Cephea. Playing with the double etymology of Cephea as “stone” and “head”, we explore the fictional narratives superimposed on natural elements like stones, and attempt to give them back their own “voice”. Referring to ritual practices with healing stones found in the Cévennes region of France, we experiment with pouring water over real and artificial stones, enabling them to “whisper”. The resulting installation creates a live sound scape generated by the matter itself.
Video recorded and edited by Brian McKenna
Thank you to André Avelas