Vivid voices or the oral history of the now


Vivid voices, or the oral history of this
June 6, 2018 from noon to midnight
La Générale Nord-Est
14, Avenue Parmentier – 75011 Paris


Vivid voices, or the oral history of the now workshop offers a day of encounter around the history of movements, at the crossroads of collective and personal itineraries, marginal historian practices, narrative arts that leave room for subjectivity, non-historicized plural histories that do not follow the logics of history with a capital H. These Vivic voices or the oral history of the present will never have finished saying what was, what will be or has not yet happened, a story always to be redone, and re-inscribed in the middle of the present situation: to interrupt the too ordered chronologies, and the repetitions, to propose inspiration to several voices and the multiplicity of the possible forms of the story, to tell what crosses, which has took place, what is to come, etc.
Oral history is not a discipline or sub-discipline of history or any of its interdisciplinarities among the social sciences. It is a question posed to all its silences, and to all forms of distorted relations to political and social temporalities. It is not simply oral in the sense of orality and spoken cultures and arts, but shows how the immediacy of what is said escapes, and how the languages ​​we speak speak for themselves. Vivid voices, or the oral history of the now is an invitation to reinterpret what it can say, and how.

With the participation of: Mouvement du 16 mai | The Voice of the Roma | Manifest Life | R22 Radio Everyone | Orestes Scalzone i Complici | Choir 6 flats and a half | X-ray.graphy | The Tightrope walker | Women’s Solidarity Collective Kobâné | Platform of transnational translocal feminist and queer alliances | LGBTQI Archive Collective | Transglobal Studies Group | Who Lives | MedFil Humanities Institute | HybridPulse | Metagraph Editions | Vincent+Feria | Nina Zivancević | deltanik | Arnaud Elfort | Navajo occupation | Black(s) to the future collective | Ava Skin

Radio set: Interventions and discussion | Readings | Sound performances
Live broadcast:


La Voix des Rroms: “Le jour de la sirène” #5

Métie Navajo: “Chronicles of the Invisible”

Oreste Scalzone: “1968/1978/2018”

Camille Fauroux: “Diary of a strike between two movements in Turkey and France”

Alexandra Dols: “Logbook of the film “Behind the Frontlines: Resistance and Resilience in Palestine””

Léopold Lambert: “Architecture as a colonial and decolonial weapon in Palestine”

Maïssoun Zeineddine: “Radio.graphy”

Restitution of thematic working group: “Institutional analysis and socio-analysis of groups”


Arnaud Elfort: “Monuments, coloniality and vandalism”

Olivier Marboeuf: “The maroon scene”

Vincent + Feria: “Neither native nor contemporary”

Paola Bacchetta: “Re-presences of Gloria Anzaldúa”

Saïmir Mile: “The May 16 movement”

Quentin Zimmermann: “Multiplying our presence, occupying the memory”

Mawena Yehoussi: “Beyond the archive: politics of performance”

Restitution of thematic working group: “Dreaming the archive”


Choir 6 Bémols et 4 Demis

Nina Živančević: “About Paradise now

Deltanik: “Sound Postcard”

Black(s) to the Future & Friends: “Representations of an inescapable fact of existence: Dispersion(s)”, based on the original play by Fallon Mayanja

AvA sKin (Judith Kan and Behrang Pourhosseini): Concert-performance


Thematic working groups:

“Institutional analysis and socio-analysis of groups”: Institutional analysis has been claimed by different and sometimes divergent experiences and authors – from La Borde to pedagogical self-organization, from Guattari to Lapassade.
We will start here from the debatable and discussed hypothesis that institutional analysis can be understood as what happens to collectives, groups and institutions, when they enter into analysis, in a premeditated way, collectively assumed or on the occasion of an unexpected event.
This exchange with several voices will question the political scope of certain notions, such as those of analysand, group-subject, instituting and instituted, counter-institution, and their relevance for thinking and acting in the present.

“Dreaming the archive”: Among the research approaches around the living archives of feminist and LGBTQI* struggles and studies from here and elsewhere, transnationalities, translocalities and decolonialities, which are developed differently according to experiences and contexts , genealogies, Dreaming the archive is a working group in several moments of interventions and proposals: to state what of these movements becomes an archive, to tell a collective history through the fragment, to circulate the practices of archiving and documentation, experience and dream our past to come.
Archive and documentation methodologies from field disciplines have already shown how much each imposed category will respond to an outside, and that there is not a single model that can understand what has existed and that connects us. We want to suggest moving towards other ways of circulating our stories, other forms of creation, transmission, reception. Welcome everyone.

Consultation area:
Sound, audiovisual and online archives | Table of books, magazines and CD discs.
With archives from “Qui-Vive” and “Hétérophonies 68”, courtesy of Rudolf di Stefano.

Livestream and recording:
Victor Donati and Simon Marini (R22 Radio Tout Monde |
Jean-Baptiste Bayle | (P-node |

Thematic working groups:
Institutional analysis and socioanalysis of groups: Valentin Schaepelynck (Experice-Paris 8 | | Naji El Khatib (Medfil Humanities Institute | | Leyla Elyaakabi (Working-class neighborhoods front |
Dreaming the archive: Camille Fauroux (CRH-EHESS | | Magdalena Brand (Cresppa-CSU |

Coordination: Béatrice Rettig (Inter-zones Art & Politics) |
Host: Emmanuel Ferrand (La Générale Nord-Est) |