An Immersive

journey

into Sound

About

‘The Assembly’ is an immersive sound ritual at the crossroad between physical and virtual worlds.

Here, the human and digital merge to revisit the ancient practice of collective singing.

Immersed in the multi-sensorial space of ‘The Assembly’, you encounter The Memory of Voice, a mystic creature living in a world of dreamy beats and bodily sounds.

The MoV initiates you into different practices of sounding together, inviting you to compose in virtual reality, play in an interactive installation or simply enjoy the sound of endless human expression during a performance-concert.

 

The project is mobile and currently touring from Luxembourg to France and Lithuania as part of the “European Capital of Culture 2022” program.

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The Assembly‘ was first presented in March 2022 at CCRD Opderschmelz in Luxembourg in the framework of
Esch2022 European Capital of Culture‘ and as part of the official selection of the 2022 Luxembourg City Film Festival.

“Beneath language, a vast land of possibilities lingers in our vocal territories,

here lives the Memory of Voice.

What we say, the words and tones we choose

to tell and sing our stories, define our memories.

Memory arises from what is spoken.

Memory is voice.”

Charlotte Bruneau

is a Luxembourgish director and journalist. As a documentary filmmaker, she explores how individuals and communities around the world adapt to the impact of political and social transformations on their daily lives. She lives between Iraq, where she currently works as a journalist, and Luxembourg, where she is also directing 'The Dollhouse', an animated VR experience.

Catherine Elsen

holds an MA in Dance Theater The Body in Performance from the Laban Conservatoire of Dance, London. In her practice she explores the vast psychic landscape of the voice. Besides creating solo and collectively, she enjoys working with various directors at the crossroads between dance, theater and music. Electronic music production and VR are currently feeding her artistic research.

Laura Mannelli

Trained as an architect, Laura Mannelli is an artist and XR director from Luxembourg who shares her life between Paris, Luxembourg and the networks. She explores the digital world through a practice at the crossroads of visual arts, virtual reality, video games and architecture. Nominated and awarded, her works encourage a multidisciplinary and collective approach. She exhibited at the TriBeCa film festival in New York, the Palais de Tokyo and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Pouya Ehsaei

is a London-based Iranian musician, sound designer, producer, curator and promoter. His practice is based on experimenting with different compositional techniques and exploring the possible applications of sound as a matter. He has closely collaborated with many jazz, classical and folk musicians from around the globe as well as with performance makers and dancers. He is the band-leader of Ariwo and co-founder of club nights, Parasang.

Vaidas Gecevičius

is a creative Lithuanian VR producer at Gluk Media, leading a team of creative coders, animators and game designers. Gluk Media has been working with VR and 360° content since 2015. The company developed the ‘Code of Freedom 13 VR', a 10-minute, interactive VR experience, and 'Kamile: The Fall VR', an interactive, sci-fi VR drama, among others.

Charlotte Bruneau

is a Luxembourgish director and journalist. As a documentary filmmaker, she explores how individuals and communities around the world adapt to the impact of political and social transformations on their daily lives. She lives between Iraq, where she currently works as a journalist, and Luxembourg, where she is also directing 'The Dollhouse', an animated VR experience.

Catherine Elsen

holds an MA in Dance Theater The Body in Performance from the Laban Conservatoire of Dance, London. In her practice she explores the vast psychic landscape of the voice. Besides creating solo and collectively, she enjoys working with various directors at the crossroads between dance, theater and music. Electronic music production and VR are currently feeding her artistic research.

Laura Mannelli

Trained as an architect, Laura Mannelli is an artist and XR director from Luxembourg who shares her life between Paris, Luxembourg and the networks. She explores the digital world through a practice at the crossroads of visual arts, virtual reality, video games and architecture. Nominated and awarded, her works encourage a multidisciplinary and collective approach. She exhibited at the TriBeCa film festival in New York, the Palais de Tokyo and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Pouya Ehsaei

is a London-based Iranian musician, sound designer, producer, curator and promoter. His practice is based on experimenting with different compositional techniques and exploring the possible applications of sound as a matter. He has closely collaborated with many jazz, classical and folk musicians from around the globe as well as with performance makers and dancers. He is the band-leader of Ariwo and co-founder of club nights, Parasang.

Vaidas Gecevičius

is a creative Lithuanian VR producer at Gluk Media, leading a team of creative coders, animators and game designers. Gluk Media has been working with VR and 360° content since 2015. The company developed the ‘Code of Freedom 13 VR', a 10-minute, interactive VR experience, and 'Kamile: The Fall VR', an interactive, sci-fi VR drama, among others.

Wesley Allsbrook

born in North Carolina, attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been recognized by The Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, the Television Academy and The Peabody Awards. Her VR credits include "Dear Angelica", "The Sunladies", "12 Seconds of Gunfire" and "Metametamorphic". She writes and draws for print, TV, film, games and immersive media.

Wesley Allsbrook

born in North Carolina, attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been recognized by The Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, the Television Academy and The Peabody Awards. Her VR credits include "Dear Angelica", "The Sunladies", "12 Seconds of Gunfire" and "Metametamorphic". She writes and draws for print, TV, film, games and immersive media.

Cedric Fischer, Oliver Lang and Damiano Picci

are creative coders and sound engineers from Luxembourg. They are part of Mad Trix, a Luxembourgish company creating interactive technology for immersive spaces. They works include the sound implementation and design of internationally-acclaimed VR experiences and installations such as 'Ayahuasca', 'My Identity is This Expanse' or '*pfh', among others.

Stefan Palitov

is an XR and cultural researcher, practitioner and filmmaker. He focuses on interactive and non-interactive storytelling, play systems, XR experience design, virtual and hybrid cultural spaces, new media in education, HMI and art & tech.  He holds a BA in philosophy and an MA in Media, Arts and Culture and exhibited in Europe and Asia. Former Artist in Residence at ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and UNESCO Media Art Residency in Changsha, China.

René Alejandro Huari Mateus

dances, performs and choreographs. Her*his journey through the institutional networks that organise these three artistic manifestations in Germany has shaped and located René's identity amidst the intersections of class, gender and origin discrimination, which in turn leads her*him to search for artistic practices that refuse any reproduction of violent structures. René engages with the fruitful tension between choreography and dance as a tool to stimulate queer and feminist thinking.

Pierre Antoine Vettorello

is a textile, fashion designer based in Brussels. He studied at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and is now a doctoral researcher at Sint Lucas school of Arts. He is using textile design and garments as a base for storytelling. He creates sculptural and statement silhouettes, often printing on silk, using feathers and objects of daily use. Vettorello questions our relation towards our sartorial history and how we can reveal non-Western genealogies which have been erased.

Cedric Fischer, Oliver Lang and Damiano Picci

are creative coders and sound engineers from Luxembourg. They are part of Mad Trix, a Luxembourgish company creating interactive technology for immersive spaces. They works include the sound implementation and design of internationally-acclaimed VR experiences and installations such as 'Ayahuasca', 'My Identity is This Expanse' or '*pfh', among others.

Stefan Palitov

is an XR and cultural researcher, practitioner and filmmaker. He focuses on interactive and non-interactive storytelling, play systems, XR experience design, virtual and hybrid cultural spaces, new media in education, HMI and art & tech.  He holds a BA in philosophy and an MA in Media, Arts and Culture and exhibited in Europe and Asia. Former Artist in Residence at ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe and UNESCO Media Art Residency in Changsha, China.

René Alejandro Huari Mateus

dances, performs and choreographs. Her*his journey through the institutional networks that organise these three artistic manifestations in Germany has shaped and located René's identity amidst the intersections of class, gender and origin discrimination, which in turn leads her*him to search for artistic practices that refuse any reproduction of violent structures. René engages with the fruitful tension between choreography and dance as a tool to stimulate queer and feminist thinking.

Pierre Antoine Vettorello

is a textile, fashion designer based in Brussels. He studied at the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and is now a doctoral researcher at Sint Lucas school of Arts. He is using textile design and garments as a base for storytelling. He creates sculptural and statement silhouettes, often printing on silk, using feathers and objects of daily use. Vettorello questions our relation towards our sartorial history and how we can reveal non-Western genealogies which have been erased.

Émilie Roi

lives between Quebec and Europe for more than ten years where she worked as a cultural project manager and independent curator, initially for artistic structures such as Folie/Culture and la Manif d'art. She co-founded Mono-Mono, an association that produces and promotes sonic art projects in unusual spaces. For four years, she managed the art center l'Œil de Poisson in Quebec City. Today, Émilie works as an independent production manager for multidisciplinary art projects in Europe and Canada.

Bidibul Productions

is an independent Luxembourgish production company founded in 2009 by Christel Henon and Lilian Eche. To date, the company produced a number of feature films, animated feature films, series, and virtual reality projects… The company focuses on family films as well as genre films (intimate, fantasy, world...)

www.bidibul.eu

Pitchblack Collective

was founded in 2020 by Catherine Elsen and Charlotte Bruneau.  Evoking the world of sound and the invisible black matter that makes up most of our universe, the collective creates a space where myths and stories are reinvented through sound. "The Assembly" is its first mixed reality project. 

theassemblyproject.org/

 

 

Opderschmelz

Regional Cultural Center has since 2007, the year of its creation, offered a multidisciplinary and varied programme in contemporary arts. A reference point for jazz lovers, the center is keen to offer its audience, beyond the traditional jazz events, a range of disciplines, from pop-rock music to theater, dance and conferences. 

https://opderschmelz.lu/




Émilie Roi

lives between Quebec and Europe for more than ten years where she worked as a cultural project manager and independent curator, initially for artistic structures such as Folie/Culture and la Manif d'art. She co-founded Mono-Mono, an association that produces and promotes sonic art projects in unusual spaces. For four years, she managed the art center l'Œil de Poisson in Quebec City. Today, Émilie works as an independent production manager for multidisciplinary art projects in Europe and Canada.

Bidibul Productions

is an independent Luxembourgish production company founded in 2009 by Christel Henon and Lilian Eche. To date, the company produced a number of feature films, animated feature films, series, and virtual reality projects… The company focuses on family films as well as genre films (intimate, fantasy, world...)

www.bidibul.eu

Pitchblack Collective

was founded in 2020 by Catherine Elsen and Charlotte Bruneau.  Evoking the world of sound and the invisible black matter that makes up most of our universe, the collective creates a space where myths and stories are reinvented through sound. "The Assembly" is its first mixed reality project. 

theassemblyproject.org/

 

 

Opderschmelz

Regional Cultural Center has since 2007, the year of its creation, offered a multidisciplinary and varied programme in contemporary arts. A reference point for jazz lovers, the center is keen to offer its audience, beyond the traditional jazz events, a range of disciplines, from pop-rock music to theater, dance and conferences. 

https://opderschmelz.lu/




Credits

Produced by Bidibul Productions, Pitchblack Collective. In co-production with Opderschmelz Producers Lilian Eche, Christel Henon, Charlotte Bruneau, Catherine Elsen Artistic direction Charlotte Bruneau, Catherine Elsen, Laura Mannelli Original concept Charlotte Bruneau, Catherine Elsen Music composition VR and installation Pouya Ehsaei WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF CATHERINE ELSEN main role, Voice and movement Catherine Elsen Musician and sound design Pouya Ehsaei Director VR Charlotte Bruneau XR installation Laura Mannelli Visual artist Wesley Allsbrook Interactive design Stefan Palitov VR production Gluk Media VR studio DIRECTOR Vaidas Gecevičius Technical supervisor VR Rokas Kišonas LEAD Developer VR Egis Bachur ASSISTANT DEVELOPER VR DOVYDAS KAUNAS ANIMATION NIKOLAJ KALINOVSKIJ Chief set designer Laura Mannelli Sound mix Cédric Fischer Sound editing Damiano Picci Sound engineer Oliver Lang XR installation technical design Cédric Fischer SOUND AND LIGHT PROGRAMMING MAD TRIX Performance artist and concept Catherine Elsen 3D live mixing Pouya Ehsaei Musical consultant Natacha Crawford Choreographer and dramaturgist René Huari Alejandro Mateus Costume creation Pierre-Antoine Vettorello Production manager Marie-Noëlle Regard Executive producer Emilie Roi First assistant director Frédérique Colling Production administrator Valdas Skinderis Production consultant Hélène Walland Production accountant Linda Kadouche Making-of director Paula Onet Graphic design FRANZISKA BLOCKHAUS, Marianne Villière  Photograph Patrick Galbats

With the support of

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Visit Us

Address: L’Arche 

By bike

Rue Émile Curicque 54190 Villerupt

By car 

Rue du moulin, 54190 Villerupt

In the framework of Esch2022 and in partnership with the Escher Theater The Assembly is coming to L’Arche in Villerupt, France

Performance-Concert

1 hour show

13.05.2022 20h

14.05.2022 20h

15.05.2022 16h

Immersive journey (VR+Installation+Performance)
Come and go as you like

13.05.2022 14h – 18h

14.05.2022 14h – 18h

15.05.2022 10h – 15h

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