Sylvain Souklaye is a live performer, sound and video artist interested in sampling intimacies about people who don't belong to a determinate identity, gender, class, colour or nationality.
His performances are a collage of individual memories which are re-enacted for and via the audience.
Self-taught, he began performing with vandalism in Lyon, France and then intimate happenings, radio experimentation and action poetry. He later developed digital art installations using field recording techniques as a narrative layer while pursuing his writer’s path.
Among his best known pieces are la blackline, a 5-year durational radio performance about socio-economic survival and urban absurdity, le déserteur a digital art installation dwelling on the notion of abandonment, and TME a docudrama performance exploring self-inflicted amnesia and resilience.
His methods characteristically involve intense physical acts as well as the use of unsettling intimacy.
2019 / June 25 - Aug. 11: Sound installation Épilogue, épitaphe, et puis rien…, FILE Electronic Language International Festival 2019, Brazil, São Paulo.
2019 / June 20-23: Live performance Ghost Suffering, ‘I am my body, I am my memory’ festival organised by Action Hybride at the Officine Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy.
2019 / June 7-9: Lecture Digital State of Mind and physical body of work, Jambatan Web Archives for Southeast Asian Arts in the Nordic Countries. Live outdoor performance Reformed Ghetto Children, State-less Mind Performance Art Festival. Presentation and talk about my practice from vandalism to art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2019 / May 21-25: Video performance #T.M.E. (TAILOR-MADE, MODULAR AND EXPENDABLE), ITINERANT Performance Art Festival NYC, Grace Exhibition Space & Smack Mellon, New York, United States.
2019 / May 17: Video art A.I. Reviews something, II Muestra de Video Arte Faenza 2019 curated programme ‘Abstráe-lo’ as part of ARTBO, Fin de Semana, at the Fondation Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Colombia, Bogotá.
2018 / 2019: Primal lights / Digital Shrapnel, diptych of digital art series.
2018: The secret & Epistolary mother tongue : a collective, collaborative and secretive performance.
2018: Haiku D’Etat, digital and literary performance.
2017 / April: Live performance #T.M.E. (TAILOR-MADE, MODULAR AND EXPENDABLE), International Jazz Festival 2017, Denmark, Copenhagen
2017 / 2018: Time/Love, audio performance with Akano Eternii and naderi.
2017: Coeff8, curation and production the artists Sjakal & naderi, visual and sound ep.
2017: Morlock & Gentleman, digital sound art installation
2016 / 2017: Shapes of collapse / State of lines / Data, pleins et déliés , trilogy of digital art series.
2016: Sand Xplosion, digital art series.
2015 / 2016 / 2017: le déserteur, digital exhibition and mobile video installation.
2016 / 2017 / 2018: Selling Dreams.
2016 / 2018: LOST, new short novel bot for Facebook messenger in collaboration with Samuel Petit.
2014: SOLUS, novel (French).
2013: I’ll the bucket with last one punchline / Mr Pousse-Mousse / Lament of an outcast, short novel trilogy (English).
2012: Le jour du fléau, novel (French).
2012: Le désassembleur de puzzle, performance as part of the ‘La France qui bouge’ Festival, Institut Français, Germany, Cologne.
2011 / 2015: Nanos stories, digital short novel (French).
2011: 24h d’ecriture / 24hours of writing, literature performance followed by the public reading of the short novel at L’attrape-Coeur bookstore, France, Paris.
2010 / 2013: Nouveaux classiques, short film performance in collaboration with Benjamin Paulin and Frederic Vermersch.
2010 / 2013: I.I.D.A., new media art channel.
2009 / 2011: Silent poetry, visual poetry series (French).
2007 / 2011: Benjamin Paulin, advisor.
2007 / 2013: Observatoire des sociétés mourantes, literary and political blog.
2004 / 2009: L’été indien est passé par le balcon / Les cauchemars du fléau / 5 sens, 5 angles, 1 vision, bi trimestrial printed literary performance (French).
2005 / 2007: Mes démons enracinés vers le ciel, performance.
2002 / 2007: La Blackline & Rythme et mécanisme, daily radio live performance.
2000 / 2005: Organised and paid chaos, tri weekly and nocturnal performance.
1998 / 2013: Host, interview & production, radio journalist.