Dance, sound, visual art and multimedia( July 18 Meeting)

From 18 to 25 of July 2019, an interdisciplinary ensemble of artists who shared a vision to create a dance production that an interplay between a dynamic choreography and an audiovisual immersive environment is presented simultaneously, took a 5-day-residency in Amman, Jordan between dance studio, hotel rooms and theatre. The dance production will be presented to audience in Jordan on August, 2019.

  • Location: Studio 8, Amman, Jordan
  • Artist: Sound Artist François Donato, Visual artist Golnaz Behrouznia, Dance Artist Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh, Dance Artist Anas Nahleh, Visual Artist Ren
  • Date: 7/18/2019
  • Duration: 120 minutes

Part 1: Watching rehearsal videos together

I like the choreography. I like its simplicity. I wonder whether we can restructure it.

Golnaz Behrouznia

There are a lot of singularity in the choreography. What we have thought about creating contrast. We could accelerate or intensify. We though about explore the element of time. We could create fraction of time, distortion of time.

François Donato

Part 2: Brainstorming together

I noticed that the background music chosen for the rehearsal is very mechanic. Would it be a good idea to add something organic, something unexpected, something with a completely different energy? Have you thought about a-surprise-sound?

François Donato

The rehearsal you have seen is the 1st layer we have designed so far. More layers will be added through out the time.

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

Part 3: Going through performance storyboard together

I imagine a black background with abstract white animations.

Golnaz Behrouznia

I imagine a series of animations, each lasts 30 seconds to a minute.

Golnaz Behrouznia

How do you image the light on the stage?

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

There will be a projector. There will be a moment of darkness, perhaps silence. There will be a moment of bright light on the performers. There might a moment of stillness, just the sound flowing. There might be a moment of when human presence disappears, only digital arts remain…

Golnaz Behrouznia

Bear in mind that my visual animations only make sense when with sound.

Golnaz Behrouznia

Part 4: What is next?

At the stage, let’s not focus on aligning dance, sound, visual art. Let’s experiment and explore on our own and meet again soon.

François Donato

I can imagine myself being inspired by sound and visual art. I look forward to our next meeting, our experiment of experiencing a sudden sound while dancing in our next rehearsal.

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

What do think of the costume?

François Donato

I imagine costume either in black or white.

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

We are designing an experience for the performers and the audiences.

Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh

Meeting Artist duet: Golnaz Behrouznia & François Donato

I am really delighted to start a new experience in this part of the world that I want so much to discover , Jordan , with François Donato and as part of a new artistic collaboration with Studio 8. Studio 8 (which is) dedicated to dance practices in Amman, with a very motivated team to expand its artistic experiences, invited us to develop with them the universe of their new piece “Time out of Time”. First residency in Amman Jordan July 18-25 .

Golnaz Behrouznia

Golnaz Behrouznia ​

Golnaz Behrouznia turned very early to the visual arts. The direction of her artistic work is guided for a long time by the major interest which she carries in the natural sciences, in the observation of the alive and its diverse dimensions.

Further to her studies in the Fine arts of Tehran she pursues her work of visual artist in Iran and participates in several collective and individual exhibitions in particular in the Saba Museum in Tehran in 2007, and several times between 2005 and 2008 in the art center The House of the Artists in Tehran. She won several prizes during biennial events and festivals as the third prize of the Iranian Academy of the Arts, during the 5th Biennial  of the Sculpture, in Tehran.

In 2008, she came in France to develop her work in the digital arts field in Toulouse.  
Since 2010, she presented several works and hybrid creations, between sculpture and multimedia creation as the scenography Labo Organika, at the gallery of the National School of civil aviation ENAC, to Toulouse in 2012, at the contemporary art museum Les Abattoirs, within the framework of the digital Forum of the Festival Novela, in Toulouse in 2011, as well as in the collective exhibition Vita Nova, Vivant festival, Gallery Claude Samuel, in Paris in 2015.

Her video installations were presented during the exhibition Are We Already Gone? Artists one the Art of Leaving, FlickerLab, New York 2014, in International meetings Arts and systems, in the art center Ciam-La Fabrique, in Toulouse in 2012.

In 2015 she created the interactive multimedia installation Lumina Fiction1 in association with the sound artist François Donato, with Xavier Malbreil’s curating, thanks to a grant of creation of Dicréam / CNC. This work was presented at the collective exhibition Hemispheres / Biennial of the Digital arts, Enghien les Bains in 2016 by Philippe Baudelot Currating, as well as in the International event of the digital arts, Abidjan, Ivory coast in 2017.

In 2017 she has created the interactive multimedia installation Lumina Fiction *2 with François Donato within the framework of a grant and support to creation of Clermont-Ferrand Communauté 2017. The work was presented within the framework of the Festival of digital art Vidéoformes in Clermont-Ferrand in 2017, in the Festival Tadaex, in the gallery Mohsen in Tehran in 2017, in Quai des Savoirs by the curating of Nomade Art center in Toulouse in 2017, and by Gabriel Soucheyres’s curating to the festival of digital art ADAF in Athens, Greece in 2017.

Her multimedia performance ElectroAnima-Experiment with the artist François Donato, was presented to the Festival OverTheReal in Italy, on 2017, and to the event Etat Instable, Patchwork-Emergent Arts association, in Mix Art Myris, Toulouse in 2017.

Her transmedia Scenography Vanimentis in collaboration François Donato, is presented in exhibition Label (2=3), in the art center Espace Croisé in Roubaix in 2017 and in the ElectroAlternativ Festival, to the Cultural center Bellegarde, Toulouse in 2016.

Other projects of Golnaz Behrouznia in the visual arts are in particular: 

  • The project Imaginary of the Vegetable Seeds, in reference to the images by microscope of plant elements, 1, 2 and 3 wallpainings, in collaboration with the artist Xerou, in the emergencies of the Chiva Hospital, in Foix in 2016 and 2017.
  • Both series of sculptures of floating bodies in gelatins or oil, congealed or mobiles, Floating Pieces and Aquatilium:
  • The series Aquatilium was presented during the event to Cross the Art, the Science and the Environment, in Sfax in Tunisia in 2015. This series obtained the Individual Help to the Creation of the DRAC Midi-Pyrénées in 2014.
  • The series Floating Pieces were presented to the Pavillon of the Arts and the Design in the Tuileries, Paris en 2013, during a collective exhibition in the Dey gallery, in Tehran in 2008 as well as in the monographic exhibition of the artist with Aria gallery, in Tehran in 2007.

François Donato

At first self-taught, he deepens his musical knowledge to the University of Pau (Master of musical pedagogy – 1989), to the Academy of Gennevilliers and to the Higher National Conservatory for Music of Lyon (electronic music composition).

He won several composition prizes, among them : Young Composers Contest in Orleans (1988), Noroit Composition Prize (1989) and Varese Composition Prize (1991).
Responsible for the musical production of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (Paris) from 1991 till 2005, he is settled in Toulouse today where he used to manage the technical coordination for the collective of composers Eole from 2005 to 2017.

From 2007 till 2012, he was a speaker at the University of Toulouse Mirail, department Plastic arts & Decorative arts on sound design and interaction design.
He is now an independant artist working on several kind of Digital Arts and Musical projects, alone or in collaboration with other artists.

His works, firstly dedicated to the acousmatic music, are more and more developping in the field of Digital Arts.

He has received commissions by G.R.M., DAAD of Berlin, the French Ministry of Culture, Eole collective, Centre Culturel Bellegarde Toulouse, Teatro Massimo Palermo,Grant holder of the DAAD and the Technical University of Berlin in 1999/2000.

That is specifically the case for his collaboration with the visual artist Golnaz Behrouznia in their duet Imaginary Systems.

The concept is based on memory resurgence and aims to make sensitive the notion of springs of time. Physically, the installation is made of an array of small speakers distributed in the venue according to it’s topography and presented like sculptures. Each of them are augmented with an infrared proximeter sensor which detects the presence of a person nearby and triggers randomly some memory from a bank previously prepared with sound material recorded in the venue (voices, ambiances, noises…).