You are a Dancer – by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet
(les gens d'Uterpan)
Courtesy gens d'Uterpan
Between 6 June and 9 December 2016, listeners to FREIRAD – Free Radio Innsbruck have been able to hear unusual interpretations of customary radio formats such as jingle, hit, radio course, or news. These vocal formats have been "smuggled" into the normal radio program and broadcast with no prior announcement. They are part of the work You are a Dancer by French choreographers Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan), who use the radio waves—as other artists do physical space—as an exhibition site. Through the medium of radio, les gens d'Uterpan involve the listeners in choreographic (rehearsal) work with the help of instructions, demands, explanatory systems, and rhythmicized scores. In this way, they raise questions about the construction of choreographic authority and power over the bodies of potential performers, while simultaneously thematizing the inherent power of audiovisual mass media and their imperative usage.
This "exhibition", which reaches into the listeners' private sphere, was programed by Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, and curated by Andrei Siclodi, the producer of the monthly broadcast Büchs'n'Radio. On 2 December 2016, Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan), Iris Julian (researcher and choreographer, Vienna), and Andrei Siclodi (Büchs'n'Radio) discussed live on Radio Freirad about You are a Dancer. Here you can listen to the recording of this broadcast.
Büchs'n'Radio is a monthly broadcast on Radio Freirad [www.freirad.at] that presents and discusses current topics related to art and society. Art is understood here as a specific form of knowledge production that is based on aesthetic discourse and the politics of vision, and which, through interaction with other fields of knowledge, is possessing the potential to open unconventional perspectives on our world. The broadcast gives voice to artists who deal with socially relevant topics, as well as other professionals and actors from cultural life. The show adapts its format to each respective content: talk, music, language performance, and art radiophonic formats alternate or are mixed together into radio hybrids.
Broadcast: every first Monday of the month at 11:06 CET/CEST; rerun every third Wednesday in the month at 21:00 CET/CEST.
Annie Vigier und Franck Apertet
(les gens d'Uterpan)
The work of Annie Vigier und Franck Apertet (les gens d'Uterpan) questions the norms and conventions that govern exhibitions and the performing arts. Relying on the mechanisms of adjustment of the individual, the body and creation to these contexts, the artists create a critical work based on the two choreographers' initial practice. Methodically, their reflection takes place through the displacement and recontextualization of the processes of action and demonstration that belong to the field of fine and performing arts. They process each step constituting the practice of an artist and so highlight the responsibility of visitors, sponsors and institutions in their work.
Iris Julian works at the interface of fine art, choreography, and cultural science. Her current dissertation project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna investigates innovative forms of cooperation in the field of choreography.
Andrei Siclodi is a curator, writer, editor, and cultural worker based in Innsbruck, Austria. He is the founding director of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen in Innsbruck, and producer of the monthly radio broadcast Büchs'n'Radio on Radio Freirad.