Mixing is a collage, that’s how I understand it. Some of raw recordings, some others are made from bits and pieces of elaborate works : films, songs,radio programmes – we’re thieves, and we make something out of our larcenies. Jean-Luc Godard suggested that better then making political films we should make films politically.
"I try to apply the same idea to radio. I’m Anaïs Denaux, I’m a member of the groups Le Bruitagène and Asu (Association Sonore et Utopique). We make documentaries and other more creative audio pieces, we don’t believe in being impartial. We are also organising public listening sessions and the audio artist residency Utopie Sonore. We believe in collective experiment.
Here are the audio pieces I chose for this Radia programme:
Biodiversité. The sound you can hear now in the background is my answer to the call of Mixage Fou.
The Meaning of Life is a piece I made for the second digital album by Fair Play, a compilation of pieces by cis and trans female artists. It is a collage of Nostalghia, The Mirror, Solaris and Stalker by Tarkovsky, the voice of Orson Welles on BBC4, Alphaville by Godard, a few words by Vaughan Supple about Tarkovsky’s work. It speaks of how mankind copes with the absurdity of existence, wants to understand, knows the question is vain, but still wants to reproduce.
La Tempête des géants is a piece I created for my girlfriend during the Yellow Vest movement and is about the aburdity of police violence. Followed by Restez chez vous which is a short piece by Leslie Doumerc at Radio Panik, with Gaëlle Morand and me as cops telling the population to stay at home during de pandemic.
Une Certaine dose de tendresse is a piece I made during the evacuation of the zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes in April 2018. The title is from the famous speech by Subcomandate Marcos who says «A certain dose of tenderness is necessary in order to walk when there is so much against you / in order to awaken when you’re so exhausted. A certain dose of tenderness is necessary in order to see, in this darkness, a small ray of light / in order to make order from shame and obligations. […] But sometimes a certain dose of tenderness is not enough and it’s necessary to add… a certain dose of bullets. »
And Stalker, the last piece, by Clémence Fermé – with La Jetée by Chris Marker, Stalker by Tarkovsky, Alphaville by Godard, Roma by Fellini, Metropolis by Fritz Lang – this piece was carried out for L’Acentrale, radio held by a large group of people to speak out for strikers, workers and social riots.