09/01 2015

Just a few days from Christmas and the sempiternal marathon when we have to smilingly deal with foie gras, capons and Yule logs several times over, some people found the time to do a little exercising for a last time. For the occasion, you had to once again take the small rickety stairway down to le Point Perché from the Palais de Tokyo entrance. There, no Christmas tree but a dancefloor streaked with black and white stripes at the far end of which stood an impressive table covered with CDs and vinyl records.

Le Point Perché has had a special meeting with IZOLYATSIA, a Cultural Programme Platform from Donetsk, Ukraine, whose activities and even very existence are threatened by the war. On 9 June 2014, the IZOLYATSIA cultural foundation was seized by mercenaries of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk” in order—or so they proclaim—to “facilitate humanitarian aid”, coming from Russia. As part of the ALERTES set up by the Palais de Tokyo to support places dedicated to art, for a day and an evening light was shed both on the conflict in eastern Ukraine and on the place of culture in times of war.

The intensity of the split second… Over his own musical composition, Emo de Medeiros proposes re-enacting the Kaleta, a tradition invented in Benin by Afro-Brazilians. The result is a unique mix of Carnival and Halloween, performed exclusively by troupes of young boys forming temporary and spontaneous groups during the Christmas period; wearing masks, they go from house to house, dancing and playing improvised percussion instruments.

At the foot of a spiral staircase, between walls streaked with black- and white-coloured stripes which lend the place a proud industrial look, it was the beatmaker Everydayz who got behind the turntables first. The pale face divinely lit by the blue neon placed just above the booth—the same face that has come to particular notice recently by being the DJ for the French rap start-up Némir-- moved about over its rhythm box to tie up a live act full of bounce. The more the notes shook the air of Le Point Perché, the more the public was magnetized by the DJ who, for his part, had no qualms about grabbing the mike to harangue the crowd.



Celebration of the 20 years of That Summer with a special limited edition publication LP by the label Optical Sound. 

A musical phrase of barely a few seconds can be repeated infinitely. Following a suggestion by Christophe Arcos, Mix “Locked Groove only” is an installation that features eight turntables and eight records by RONDE, a Parisian vinyl record company that gathers various electronic music composers around the concept of loop. Ronde is also a member of the Supernova collective.

 

30/10 2014

Installation and performance by Kerwin Rolland in collaboration with Dominique Blais