Explore the spoken word in all its forms.
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 www.encyclopediedelaparole.org 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.