Ginger and Fred

Creator: 
Sophie Taam
Performer: 
Sophie Taam
Bibliographical sources: 
catalogue Hors Champ de l’exposition
Theoretical background: 
"If a wide audience is to be reached, according to Dick Higgins, one must speak the language of that audience". And then concluding that mediocrity wins against art, far from being prevailed upon by art.
With my projects, I modestly (but firmly) try to show that this fate is not a definitive one. In the history of contemporary art, Fluxus or John Cage, for example, could represent a phase that I would qualify as an adolescent one. They pushed back the limits of artistic experimentation and, in order to break the academicism, by systematically rejecting conventions, linguistic or musical ones alike, contemporary art has further moved away from non- initiated, ordinary audiences, much like a teenager rebels against his parents to find its identity.
This phase was essentially turned "against" something. It was necessary to expand the boundaries of art but it seems to me that contemporary art has now reached a certain degree of maturity enabling it to receive my work. Just like the teenager who refuses rules, and then reinstates them once an adult by personalizing them, I reintegrate rules into my work: those of language, of the signifier.

I use language, just like Filliou, with an emphasis put on the meaning of words rather than on their shape, and I use singing, with its strict vibrato rules and lyrical technique, for the sake of aesthetics.
If the previous experiments were needed to push back the boundaries of art, they have, in my opinion, reached their limit as a result.
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Starting date: 
05 19 2007
4:19 minutes
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Background: 
during the opening of the exhibition Hors Champ of the No-Made collective
Adress: 
23 avenue du docteur Picaud
Cannes
France
Description: 
A freely adapted Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers choreography using the original music of their movie Top Hat. This performance, like Fellini's film, satirizes the glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. Sophie Taam’s dance partner is a paper character designed by Virginie Teurbane. During the performance, the psychological climate deteriorates progressively and leads to the murder of the fictitious partner.
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Ginger et Fred", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Louis Dollé | courtesy de l'artiste