SARA VOID 2020

Souvenir Archival Recording Apparatus (SARA) is a project VOID started in 2019 with the idea of creating drawings with sound using the most ancient and analogical technique.
The artists built a machine based on the knowledge found in books and online of the first sound recording of history, realised by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860. He built a small rolling cylinder on which he set a piece of paper that he previously blackened with the smoke of an oil lamp. This black-smoke-coated paper is so sensitive that anything that touches the paper leaves a mark. With the help of a cone and a needle, he managed to draw and record the sound of his voice on this paper.
VOID uses the same technique with their machine, but on a much larger scale, and their drive is to make sound-drawings.
The results vary depending on different factors. Some drawings remind of landscapes, particularly desert horizons and sea views.
People are invited to deliver a recording of their voice telling a story about one of their memories. These stories are played on the SARA machine and the sound waves are archived on print.

Presentations of SARA

KIKK 2020, festival, KIKK Festival, Namur, Belgium, 2020
[vwaʁ], solo show, Galerie Papillon, Paris, France, 2021
Le Voile Du Palais, group show, Le Bon Accueil, Rennes, France, 2021
KIKK 2021, festival, KIKK, Namur, Belgium, 2021
The sea in sound and image, group show, Concertgebouw, Brugge, Belgium, 2021