A project by David Bouvard in collaboration with MEG (Geneva Ethnography Museum)
Détours sonores is a free journey from the Commun (Contemporary Art Building) to the MEG, a detour made of unusual or everyday sounds, from the abundant sound archives of the Geneva Ethnography Museum. Walk freely, from site to site and from street to park, to immerse yourself in various musical universes recorded from the 20th century to today. The sounds will play spontaneously as you approach.
These musics come from a multitude of cultures and have been recorded on various – sometimes surprising – supports; from the wax roll to the digital studio, from the Irish lullaby to the rituals of shamanism, from today to what seems to be the dawn of humanity, from the lakeside to the edge of the Pole. For the duration of the Mapping Festival, an audiovisual installation specially designed for the occasion will be presented in the MEG’s Sound Room; a visual and mesmerizing material generated by Dimitri Delcourt’s machines will be combined with the museum’s permanent collection, bringing together a selection of objects and instruments extending your urban sound detours.
1. The sound archives of the AIMP and Constantin Brailoiu can be consulted and listened to in part: https://ville-ge.ch/meg/aimp.php. and. https://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/musinfo_ph.php.
2. By going to: https://audiogenese.net/
About David Bouvard
As a visual artist, David Bouvard works with sound, in the form of installations, radio creations or publishing, and also practices several instruments.
His creative projects are often done in collaboration: with photographers such as Geoffroy Mathieu for the exhibition ‘Dos à la mer’ (La compagnie 2008), writers such as Alain Lacroix (‘ILS’, édition La Compagnie), performing arts companies such as Ici-Même (2006-2015), or even schools.
He is particularly interested in public sound space, as in ‘Paysage sonore de Belsunce’ (La compagnie 2006). He collects, records, edits or diffuses his sounds, (‘war on the other side’, radio creation, Radia (EU)) but he also proposes to share the listening of a particular urban space without artefacts in workshops (with visually impaired people, rainbow institute) or public walks with in-situ sound creations (Clausonne 2019). He also works for museography (MUCEM :Babels, ‘Après Babel, traduire’ 2017, ‘Derrière nous’ 2019).
He pursues a work of “Field recording” and cultivates a passion for archives that has led him, for several years to digitize background music (magnetic tapes, 78t …) for institutions such as the MUCEM or regional funds.