Engrammer is a sung performance for turntable and object. The engram is a term derived from the Greek in (in) and gramma (writing). In neurophysiology, it is the biological trace of our memory. The mnemonic process that makes it possible to "read" the memory engram is a so-called "appropriate" sensory stimuli, such as touch.
In Engrammer memory traces are etched onto the surface of a white clay vinyl. Captive songs bear witness to secret events. But here it is the fingertips that become the reading head and the pavilion mouth. Engrammer walks between fact and fiction, between sound phenomenology and illusionism. These engravings, both psychic and material, question us about our proximity to the machine but also about the materiality and the impeded circulation of voices and memories.
The performance was conceived and shown during the Le geste & la parole colloquium in November 2019 at ISELP.
A second step will be shared during a Ceramics & Sound seminar at the La Cambre art school in dialogue with an acoustician and an archaeologist on October 28, 2020.