Première of new iteration of ‘Electrify Everything at Biennale Nova_XX, Paris, FR

16.02.2024: Plurivers & Contingence, Biennale NOVA_XX, Paris, FR

The 4th edition of the Biennale NOVA_XX will feature the work of 41 artists. Among the works presented in the anarkhè-exposition, several focus on cosmogonies in the liquid age, on the imaginary of space conquest, measuring instruments and nano worlds, and others on bio-art that allows us to measure the space of the duration of their display of non-human performativities, and still others on issues of geoengineering and artificial intelligence.

NOVA_XX also includes debates, encounters, performances, and the emergence of figures questioning the monstrous, as well as numerous sound proposals designed to provoke shifts towards discontinuous and fragmented time spaces – in other words, all proposals contributing to substituting doubt and confusion for the quest for completeness, finitude, and the decibel.

Amélie Bouvier, Aurélia Noudelmann, Elodie Huet, Esther Denis, Eva Medin, Eve Gabriel Chabanon, Faye Formisano, Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves, Gala Hernandez Lopéz, Isadora Neves Marques, Lisa Boostani, Lou Fauroux, Louise Charlier, Marylou, Sara Dufour & Claire Malrieux, Sarah Sandler, Yue Cheng, and others

Bobby Brim, Cassandre Muñoz, Célin Jiang aka Bisou Magique, Collectif Not Your Techno, Jenny Abouav, Lou Fauroux, Michel Jocaille & Paul Levrez, Pom Bouvier-b. & Marjolijn Dijkman, Salomé Chatriot, Yamila

Alisa Berger, Célin Jiang aka Bisou Magique, Marielle Chabal, Mélanie Courtinat, Sophie Sénécaut

Biennale NOVA XX

127-129 rue Saint-Martin
75004 Paris

Electrify Everything
Experiments and Observations on Electricity

The première of the new iteration of ‘Electrify Everything’ with live sound composition by Pom Bouvier b., live film projection by Marjolijn Dijkman, and a recorded text by Jean Katambayi spoken by François Makanga

The live performance ‘Electrify Everything’ translates the seductive and captivating magic of demonstrations of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment into a critical exploration of the origins of the units and language used to measure electricity. The field of electricity has been developed, manipulated, and named for three centuries to control and apply it. 

‘Electrify Everything’ invites the audience to reflect on the structuring power of electricity and its relation to resources and exploitation. Pom Bouvier-b. and Marjolijn Dijkman use an experimental technique that brings the organicity back into a phenomenon that, by nature, through the displacement of elementary particles of matter, is dynamic and living. Together they have developed experimental musical tools to play live with electric currents. They will create a sound composition using the electric charge of specific objects and devices as a medium, playing on the variations of magnetic fields. 

Jean Katambayi Mukendi wrote a text for the performance based on the language of electricity. The units of electricity create different chapters that explore the history and the current state of energy production in an associative and poetic interpretation of electric terminology. Trained as an electrician, his works are part of a search for solutions to social problems in Congolese society and the country’s depletion of its enormous energy resources.

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Artist, Researcher, Co-founder Enough Room for Space

Marjolijn Dijkman (1978, NL) is an artist and co-founder of Enough Room for Space, living and working in Brussels (BE) & Saint-Mihiel (FR). Dijkman is a research-based and multi-disciplinary artist whose practice focuses on the points where culture intersects with other fields of inquiry. The works themselves are speculative, partly based on facts and research, but often brought into the realm of the imagination. She is part of the artistic research cluster Deep Histories Fragile Memories as a Ph.D. candidate at LUCA – School of Arts Brussels / Leuven University under the supervision of Wendy Morris and Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou (2023-2027).