Listening Room
Sound art department

21st of May - 2nd of October 2022
Saâdane Afif, Lyrics

Saâdane Afif, Lyrics

As part of the exhibition "L'Écoute essaimée", the Listening Room welcomes the Lyrics of SaâdaneAfif, works belonging to the collections of the National Center for Plastic Arts. 

Evoked metaphorically or produced, sound occupies an important place in the work of Saâdane Afif (in the same way as writing) taking place physically in space, in the form of sound pieces to listen to with headphones, installations, recordings, or in the form of concerts. In addition, sound is present in the work of Saâdane Afif through the space of the song, whether it constitutes a sound event or whether it exists in the immaterial mode of language, as speech or score. The song represents a mediating entity between the artist, the community of his friends, and his audience. It designates a collaborative work, a delegated gesture Thus, Melancolic Beat includes texts by Lili Reynaud-Dewar on music by Portradium and Tujiko Noriko; Down at The Rock and Roll Club, texts by Tom Morton with music by Rainier Lericolais and Marcelline Delbecq; One Million BPM, texts by Mick Peter, with music by Julien Perez; and the Best of, texts by Maxime Matray on music from the Label Semishigure by Robert Meijer.

The allographic course of the work consists in reinscribing the song in a stretched process of creation: interpreted on the piano by the accompaniments of Louis-Philippe Scoufaras, it becomes again a score generated by an automatic score creation software.

In this perspective of a relay game, the Lyrics are indeed this “work made of the interpretation of others, which questions this indefinite and reciprocal place where the passage (musical: the chord) from the singular to the plural takes place. » Sylvie Cöellier, As long as the art of song does not die, The Lyrics of Saâdane Afif, 2008.

Pascale Cassagnau 

Saâdane Afif works 

Saâdane Afif, Lyrics, Best of, 2005-2007. Inv. : FNAC 10-308
Saâdane Afif, LyricsMelancolic Beat, 2005. Inv. : FNAC 10-039
Saâdane Afif, One Million BMP North, 2005. Inv. : FNAC 10-310
Saâdane Afif, Lyrics : Rock and Roll at the Down Club, 2005. Inv. : FNAC 10-311
Saâdane Afif, Lyrics, Samples & Remixes, 2006. Inv. : FNAC 10-307
Saâdane Afif, That Summer, Nine Shrunken Pieces, 2006. Inv. : FNAC 10-312  

Born in Vendôme and living in Berlin since 2003, Saâdane Afif studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Bourges (diploma obtained in 1995) then in Nantes for a post-diploma (1998). Resident of the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in Glasgow in 2002, he won several prizes including that of the Prince Pierre Foundation in 2006 and the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2009. He exhibits in France ("Notre histoire", Palais de Tokyo, 2006; "Vice de Forme: In search of melodies", Galerie Michel Rein, 2009; "Anthologie de l'Humour Noir", Center Georges Pompidou, 2010) and abroad ("Black Spirits", Documenta de Kassel, 2007; "Feedback", EACC in Spain, 2009).


© Saâdane Afif