© Camille llobet, Majelich, 2018
video HR, still
A half-length portrait of a woman, more or less closely framed. It's the soprano Magali Léger. She's on her own, focused. She seems to be vocalizing in the darkness. She has a headset on her ears. The sounds that she generates are not only strange but also familiar.
Camille Lobet has been recording her daughter from age ten months to twenty, when she was discovering and experimenting her own voice, trying to make sounds. The baby does not yet understand the words she hears, but her babbling imitates and falls in with the contours of the spoken language, in other words its inflections, tonality, accents, modulation and rhythm. In this instance the meaning is lodged in the sound. These are the rudiments of the words, the embodiment of its achievability.
The artist lets the lyrical soprano listen to baby’s babbling which she in turn seeks to reproduce. The film shows this highly accurate endeavour which enables us to understand the pleasure of discovering the voice and the pleasure of speaking.
Camille Llobet graduated from the ESAAA in 2007 and her work has been shown in personal exhibitions for the Résonance project of the Lyon Biennale (Buffet Froid, Galerie de l’Étrave) at the Centre d’Art 3 Bis f (Aix-enProvence), as well as the Centre d’art Madeleine-Lambert (Vénissieux). She has also taken part in exhibitions such as No Walk, No Work at the Centre d’art contemporain (Yverdon-les-Bains, Suisse), Les Nouvelles Babylones, Centre d’art contemporain, Parc SaintLéger (Pougues-les-Eaux) and Rendez-vous 12, Plateforme internationale, South-African National Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa).