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Barri​è​res Mobiles

by Eric La Casa

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Part 1 14:50
(silence) 00:10
part 2 09:13
(silence) 00:20
part 3 23:25
(silence) 00:30
part 4 08:43


The Parc la Villette, Paris
as told by a series of mobile barriers

Recordings and Mixings : 2018-2023

Following the 2015 attacks, all entrances to public buildings – schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, museums, town halls, police stations, etc. – were reinforced by these metal barriers, without any prior consultation with local residents nor with their being given any indication of how long they would remain in place. The public space has been covered with these barriers, which, over the last decade, summer and winter, day and night, have become the symbols of low-noise security in everyday life.

While the issue of security was part of my initial enquiry – what and who are we protecting ourselves from ? are we protected by these barriers? – I was particularly interested in hearing how these objects themselves perceive the city, particularly the Parc de La Villette. As a result I opted for a pair of contact mics, specifically to record how the environment was transmitted inside their steel structure. If their
resonance was my main subject of attention, I also sought to hear how the wind made them sound, by setting them in motion.

Without being too exhaustive, I present an édition raisonnée of a series of sound impressions, documentary and – perhaps – musical, to share this other way of listening to the city and my daily life.


released March 17, 2023

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éric la casa Paris, France

For 25 years, while listening to the environment, I have been questioning the perception of reality and has tried to expand the notion of infra-ordinary (space-time at low intensity), from background noise to the inaudible, through the wait, the pause... ... more

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