13 > 19.04.2024 | Dar Zero Residence – Paradise Now (Fr/Be) + Tommy Lawson (Tg/Fr) | Databaz (Angoulême – Fr)

13 > 19.04.2024 | Dar Zero Residence – Paradise Now (Fr/Be) + Tommy Lawson (Tg/Fr) | Databaz (Angoulême – Fr)

Dar Zero was born, in 2022, in Tangier, during a meeting between sonic and intermedia creators Philippe Franck (Wallonia) and Tommy Lawson (Corsica) as part of an artistic journey in the white city still haunted by ghosts of the great Beat authors and rebels against conformism (from William Burroughs to Jean Genet).

For the nomadic duo, it is about inventing a welcoming and mobile house (Dar in Arabic), imaginary but also real, populated by poetic flows listening to the world (both its tribulations and its illuminations) and the soul of its inhabitants.

Driven by the desire to mix their worlds and their desires through their wanderings and encounters, Dar 1 (Philippe) and Dar 2 (Tommy) construct an open hybrid work, always in progress, to let the “Third Mind” express itself. » (Burroughs/Gysin).

Based on a contextual approach (integration of sounds and images captured at the host location), their traveling pieces are short films for the ears combining electronic, guitar and vocal treatments.

Here the attention/inspiration focuses on the relationship with the Other/Us in its singularity and plurality, with environmental perception and with the sensitive spark.

This performance of Dar Zero will be their first after a creative residency at Databaz, in collaboration with Philippe Boisnard (programming, visual processing).

Philippe Franck (Be/Fr)

Under the name Paradise Now, Philippe Franck has been developing, since the early 1990s, a multifaceted artistic journey in a forward-looking and willingly collaborative approach. He has produced numerous choreographic music, exhibitions, performances interdisciplinary, videos (notably for Régis Cotentin, Hanzel & Gretzel and Thomas Israel), multimedia devices (with digital artists, Philippe Boisnard, Marc Veyrat, art2network).

In 2014, Philippe Franck co-directed the film Bernard Heidsieck, poetry in action (which was also the subject of the DVD book-set Variations on Bernard Heidsieck).

In addition to its collaborations with the holistic performer Isa*Belle (several installations and body/sound performances since 2005), Paradise Now also works with musicians

electronics Christophe Bailleau (the duo Pastoral), Gauthier Keyaerts (within Supernova), Stephan Dunkelman, Christian Leroy, Didié Nietzsche, the vocalist/performer Maja Jantar as well as several poets (including Ira Cohen, Gerard Malanga, Werner Moron, Eric Therer, Catrine Godin, Habiba Sheikh…).

His recording productions can be found notably on the Transonic, Optical Sound and Sub Rosa labels.

In 1996, he initiated, in Brussels, the Transcultures project which became an interdisciplinary Center for digital and sound cultures, in 2003, the City Sonic sound arts festival in several cities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and resumed in 2018, the management of mobility network for contemporary arts of the European Creation Nurseries and has been artistic curator of numerous international artistic events. He is also the artistic director of the independent label Transonic dedicated to adventurous sound creations.


Tommy Lawson (Tg/Fr)

Sound artist, sound designer, multimedia performer, Tommy Lawson is also a producer and curator of events for the promotion of electronic music. He develops projects combining electronic and electroacoustic music.
Deeply attached to the idea of transversality between the arts, he creates numerous music and soundtracks in collaboration with the visual arts, video art and contemporary dance.

In collaboration with Armand Lesecq, he develops digital audio creation tools and computer violin making in the field of sound spatialization. He regularly carries out geolocalized sound walks for audiences to allow them to enjoy an enhanced sound experience linked to the intangible heritage of a territory. He initiated the first video mappings carried out in Corsica with the Tunisian collective Design Lab on the occasion of the reopening of the Bastia museum in 2009, a series of video mappings as part of the European Heritage Days.

In 2008, he created Zone Libre, a creation, production and distribution structure through which he has organized the eponymous Sound Arts Festival since 2019, between art, science and new technologies. This event of support for creation focuses on the development of transdisciplinary and hypermedia experiences in the field of sound and visual arts.

He recently released two mini albums on the Transonic label mixing field recordings and electronic soundscapes.