“Misurgia Sisitlallan” @ La Gaîté Lyrique with V.A. Hera

Wednesday, March 23, 8pm @ La Gaîté Lyrique: Vir Andres Hera and Jérôme Nika, screening and discussion moderated by Ingrid Luquet-Gad on “Misurgia Sisitlallan” (Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains).

Vir Andres Hera confronts different readings of the world, between mystical narrative, study of languages and scientific interpretation. In his videos, everything is mysteriously strewn with stories and strange anecdotes, religious myths and dreamlike figures, sacred landscapes. His works take the form of films in which he explores the images and representations conveyed by languages, their hybridizations, their realities and their myths. His video work Misurgia Sisitlallan is a journey between the microscopic and the macroscopic. Pre-Columbian and African gods are invoked by an incantation of Aztec flutes. The voices form a polyphony sung in Nahuatl, French, Fon, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. The views of meteorites, lava and pollen invite us to travel between languages and kingdoms.
Vir Andres collaborates with Jérôme Nika (IRCAM) for the sound creation: a software memory hybridizes the languages according to duration and intensity. On the image side, he works at the UMET (University of Lille), a laboratory specialized in material science. The work explores the relationship between the birth of speech and the birth of the universe by establishing a parallel between different linguistic codes: a myth and a scientific hypothesis, the sensor of the electron microscope and that of a camera.