Tribute: Nude Descending A Staircase, duet

Creator: 
Sophie Taam
Performer: 
Sophie Taam
Valérie Palma
Theoretical background: 

“If you want to reach a large audience,” said Dick Higgins, “then you have to speak the language of this audience.” So to conclude, it is thus mediocrity that wins over art, and certainly not that art beats out mediocrity.

In my projects, I try, modestly – but firmly – to show that this fate is not singular. In the history of contemporary art, Fluxus or John Cage, for example, represents a stage that I would qualify as adolescence. They pushed the boundaries of artistic experimentation, and in order to break away from academicism, by systematically rejecting conventions, whether of language or of music, contemporary art distanced itself even further from the layman, a bit like the teenager who rebels against his parents to find his identity.

This phase was essentially turned “against” something. It was necessary in order to stretch the boundaries of art, but it seems to me that contemporary art has now attained a cerain maturity apt of receiving my work. Just like the teenager who completely refuses to follow the rules, then reinstating them by personalizing them as an adult, I reinstate in my work rules: those of language, of the signifier. I use, like Filliou, language for the meaning of words and not their shape, and I use song with its strict rules of vibrato and technical lyricism, for the sake of aesthetics.

If the preceding expérimentations were needed to push the boundaries of art, that have, in my opinion, reached their limit as a result.

Occurence: 
Objets: 

robe à poil créée spécialement pour la performance par Junko Yamasaki

Technique description référence: 
robe à poil créée spécialement pour la performance par Junko Yamasaki
Documents: 

Carton d’invitation.

Type: 
Imprimé
Technique description référence: 
Carton d’invitation.
TAAM_S
Fichier pdf: 
ARTISTES/TAAM_S/PERF/TAAM2007_ESCA_PERF/TAAM2007_ESCA_TAAM_DOCI_01.pdf

Flyer descriptif distribué pendant le vernissage.

Type: 
Imprimé
Technique description référence: 
Flyer descriptif distribué pendant le vernissage.
TAAM_S
Sophie Taam | trace de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © DR | courtesy Sophie Taam

Communiqué de presse de l’exposition <em>Cabinet démocratique</em>

Type: 
Imprimé
Technique description référence: 
Communiqué de presse de l’exposition <em>Cabinet démocratique</em>
TAAM_S
Fichier pdf: 
ARTISTES/TAAM_S/PERF/TAAM2007_ESCA_PERF/TAAM2007_ESCA_TAAM_DOCI_02.pdf
Description: 

Marcel Duchamp, is he not the first resolutely democratic artist, he who has battled the elitism of the art object in favor of ready-made bought from supermarkets ?

 

Through one of Vivaldi’s Glorias, Sophie Taam gives tribute to the artist with a reinterpretation of his famous painting Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 from 1912.
After a first start done blind on the upper floors of the staircase, using the good acoustics of the Villa Caméline, the soprano descends the staircase (un)dressed in a “naked dress” made by Junko Yamasaki specifically for the performance all while maintaining a dialogue with the contralto voice still upstairs.

 

The performance includes the a capella duet of Laudamus from Vivaldi, an excerpt of the piece Gloria RV 589.

 

This laudamus itself is a tribute, here are the lyrics:
“Laudamus te (We praise you)
Benedicimus te (We bless you)
Adoramus te (We adore you)
Glorificamus te (we glorify you).”

Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste
Sophie Taam | photographie de la performance "Hommage : nu descendant un escalier, duo", 2007 | © Sophie Taam | photographie : © Eve Carton | courtesy de l'artiste