Gregory Castera

Grégory Castéra: The Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word

Lecture: Monday, December 9, 6:30-7:30pm

The Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word is a research project exploring the spoken word in all its forms. Since 2007, a group of musicians, poets, directors, visual artists, actors, sociolinguists, and curators, have been collecting all sorts of recordings of words and then indexing them on the website according to their particular properties or phenomena such as cadence, chorality, emphasis, saturation or melody. The Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word doesn't claim to be an exhaustive or scientific collection of sounds, languages and discourses, or of their infinite combinations. Rather—as much as any aesthetic object can—it tries to be an interdisciplinary tool for oral practitioners.

What do the following have in common: the poetry of Marinetti, the dialogues of Louis de Funès, a horse racing commentary, a lecture by Jacques Lacan, an excerpt from South Park, the flow of Eminem and Lil Wayne, a message left on an answering machine, Julien Lepers' questions, an Adventist sermon, The Young and the Restless dubbed in French, a speech by Léon Blum or Bill Clinton, an auction, a shamanic incantation, Sarah Bernhardt's declamations, a defense speech by Jacques Vergès, an advert for shampoo and conversations recorded in a local café? 

From this collection, which now includes about 800 sound documents, The Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word produces exhibitions, sound pieces, performances, shows, lectures and games. Currently in 2013, the Encyclopédie de la parole has brought together Frédéric Danos, Emmanuelle Lafon, Nicolas Rollet, Joris Lacoste, Grégory Castéra, David Christoffel, Valérie Louys and Elise Simonet.

Grégory Castéra is co-director of Council, an agency for research and artistic production that explores the relations between arts, sciences, philanthropy and politics. He served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilles, Paris from 2010 to 2012. Over this period he conducted various research projects on discourse formation within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, shows, events and exhibitions. In 2010, he initiated On Ecologies of Art Practices (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

This event is part of an ongoing series of lectures, presentations and discussions organized by the Gallery at REDCAT.

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