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Performances of Florence Pazzottu and HP Process 

Thursday 17th March à 8.30pm – Maison de la Culture Salle Boris Vian

In partnership with Semaine de la poésie, poetry meets digital arts.

Time to discover De quoi l’amour est-il chute ? (From what does love fall?), a video-poem from Florence Pazzottu and Alpha-lab, a performance of poetry and digital action on the combinatorial infinite alphabet by HP Process.


Sondage or De quoi l’amour est-il chute?
or From what does love fall?

The little shape shown that is proposed by Florence Pazzottu plays on the harmony and disparity between a videographic poem and a scenographic, or simply spoken, rendition. It ends with the “Dialectic questionnaire of love and desire”.
Except for a few poems from books published by Flammarion (Poetry collection) or by l’Amourier, most of the spoken texts are new: they are from “Tales from here”, inspired by The Tales of Ise, Japanese tales from the 10th century, and are made up of short prose (stories or anecdotes) in which SMS poems and very contemporary “tanka-texting” are interspersed.

A partnership with Alt(r)a Voce, who produces Florence Pazzottu’s video works.

A poet, Florence Pazzottu co-founded (with Christiane Veschambre) the magazine Petite, was a member of the editorial board of Action poétique, and has published a dozen books with different publishers, including Al Dante, l’Amourier, le Seuil, Flammarion, or even Cadastre8zéro and l’Atelier du Grand Tétras. She has made several films as well as video installations that were presented at the La Traverse gallery in Marseille under the title “Open poem in seven shorts” in 2014 (a new exhibition will take place in the Vélo-Théâtre of Apt in May 2016). She has conceived and made video scenography for two of her narratives, la Tête de l’Homme (The Head of Man) with the actress Marion Bottollier, and inspired by Heures blanches (White hours), she made Où dois-je encore monter avec mon désir? (Where do I have to go with my desire) and Ne demande pas à ton ombre la charité (Don’t ask your shadow for kindness) with the director Aurélie Leroux. She regularly works with the multimedia artist Giney Ayme in performances or readings with video and punctuations (sound and gestures). She is one of the founding members of the Collectif Hors Cadre (created at the Variétés Cinema in Marseille in 2015). She has recently participated in the Qui-Vive sessions in Pantin, and in the Cris poétiques of Apt that she now presents with Jean de Breyne.

From writing to the stage, from dramatic art of signs to image/sound/text editing, from spoken text or readings to the poem/film, it’s always the poem, her writing and sharing, that Florence Pazzottu aims for and affirms. She tries to give form and life to the vision of poetry that is both timeless and yet grapples with the present, “at the steep slope of reality*”; and where the poem, which Mandelstam says is “always addressed”, is an address to “anyone*”.

 *As the philospher Alain Badiou said in his first film, La Place du sujet (The Place of the Subject) (documentary, 40’, 2012), that can be seen, like most of the videographic work by Florence Pazzottu, on the Alt(r)a Voce




Alpha-lab is a performance of poetry digital action on the combinatory infinity of the alphabet, envisaged as a labyrinth to go through thanks to sound and the movement of the body. This labyrinth will take the form of an organism in constant mutation that invites us to travel through multiple dimensions, from the infinitely small to the infinitely big.

This generative and interactive poem is a study on the materiality and virtuality of text, envisaged as code and the set of informational data. The “mo(t)lecule”* and other particles weave a vibratory geography whose movements lead us to look for new trajectories in the maze of meanings.

*Play on words in French (mot + molecule = word + molecule)

HP Process (Hortense Gauthier & Philippe Boisnard)

Philippe Boisnard and Hortense Gauthier have performed under the name HP Process since 2006.
They create digital poetic performances, as well as generative and interactive installations, and video and sound creations.
The poetry, in its textual, digital, visual and sound dimensions, is at the heart of their approach. Between poetic improvisation, deconstruction of language, typographical games, and retrieval of data, they invent systems of performative, interactive, or participative writing that involves the body, network, mobile technologies, and territories.
Digital technologies are for them as much tools to extend, deconstruct, and intensify language and forms of speech, as a medium capable of deploying writing outside of the framework to which it is assigned.
They try to write and act through and beyond the screens by questioning the relational and linguistic transformations produced by new technologies. They question the materiality and virtuality of the body, history, and production of language, as well as the relations generated by networks.
They define their approach by the concept PDA (POETRY DIGITAL ACTION), through which they question the relation between body, language, spaces, and technology.

Participation in many festivals, museums, universities, and theaters in France and abroad: festival DIGITAL CHOC (French Institute of Japan-Tokyo – Kyoto), Agence TOPO – SAT (Montreal), festival Live Action (Gothenburg-Sweden), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Le Cube (Issy-les-Moulineaux), BNF (Paris), CAPC of Bordeaux, Museum of Contemporary Art of Marseille, festival Empreintes numériques (Toulouse), festival/ E-Poetry (Paris), Centro Octubre (Valencia-Spain), festival Les Bains numériques (Enghien-les-Bains), the international performance festival of Monza (Italy), EPAF (Warsaw- Poland), festival Son-Vision (Geneva), GRIM-Montévidéo (Marseille), festival LIVE ACTION (Sweden), festival VISIONSONIC (Paris), festival Accès(s) (Pau), Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Carthage (Tunis), Pure Data Convention 2009 (Sao Paulo-Brazil) …