30.06.2022 | Les cailloux meurent aussi – Mathilde Schoenauer Sebag (Fr/Be) | La vieille Chéchette (Be)

30.06.2022 | Les cailloux meurent aussi – Mathilde Schoenauer Sebag (Fr/Be) | La vieille Chéchette (Be)

Transcultures is pleased to support the production of the new sound and editorial project by artist Mathilde Schoenauer Sebag, which began in 2021. With a partnership from the Atelier de Création Radiophonique et Sonore (ACSR), it is today a radio project and a book which will be presented to the public at the end of June, in a cooperative café/bookstore in Saint-Gilles-Brussels.

Les cailloux meurent aussi

Pebbles also die

What are the micro-stories hidden in the folds of our objects? Does matter think? What do the atoms say when we listen to them?

One day, a chemist realizes that she hears certain atoms talking. She befriends two of them. Together, they go for a walk in a disused coal processing factory, in the suburbs of Charleroi. They land in the gallery of a mine that still seems to be in operation.

Memories of extraction, electronic wanderings, bitterness of a material that immediately gave birth to already had a price. Reassuring moistness, warm and cosmic.

In the gallery of the mine, the chemist finds a book, which she brings back to the physical world. He even makes appearances in several Brussels bookstores.

This book is to the sound object what a body is to a mind. One cannot exist without the other. It addresses in a more referenced way the questions surrounding the digital transition and mining. From COP26 to a lawsuit against an oil exploitation, the sentences are sharper. Sharp words. Joy, anger and sadness merge, time will not turn back.


Bring together worlds usually considered as disjointed. It is this idea that lurks in the shadow of the pebbles also die. Exhuming languages, looking for the appropriate terms, moving forward on a ridge line: holding out a microphone towards the warm atoms that whisper at night behind our backs.

Schoenauer Sebag - Duu Din Ka

A background as a chemical engineer led Mathilde Schoenauer Sebag to do a doctorate in materials science on solar panels at ESPCI, the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the City of Paris.

Modern Western science, sometimes falsely neutral, sometimes marked by an outdated discourse on technological progress, completely out of step with environmental and social realities, quickly disappointed her.

She sought a space where her convictions and the urgency of their expressions would resonate. Today, it is with pleasure that she evolves between sound creation, live performance, teaching and activism.