Concept Album (image, text and sound). 2021 – ongoing
Self-directed work (Laroche+Roisner) as SEL__NOIR collective
Set in motion by artists Laroche+Roisner, REGOLITHIC uses fragments containing image, sound and text to explore the material fields of geological and geopolitical territories. The project constructs an environment in which to think about the precarity, resilience and momentum held in material transformation. The commentary addresses wealth inequality, economic governance, ecological degradation, environmental pollution and political engineering.
REGOLITHIC (in a literal sense ‘rug of stone’) is to remember the Earth is covered in loose material – the thin layer on which we build our lives. It is also to remember that humans in the form of corporations and industries contribute a destabilising effect across the world through extraction activities, whether mining minerals or mining data. Using ideas of fragmentation the REGOLITHIC compositions are an ongoing meditation on cause and effect – opening a poetic space for discourse and visual listening, also a time for moving together.
Two REGOLITHIC ‘preludes’ (launched January 2022) serve as introductory movements to a concept album due for slow release in 2022.
Cummulative studio project
Laroche (aka Luce Choules)
Roisner (aka François Benner)
sound Of ruins, Blanca, Spain | AADK (Centro Negra), Blanca, Spain | Aldarrax, Blanca, Spain | ONCA Gallery, Brighton, UK | The Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics (SECP), University of Brighton, UK | Wellbeing, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity (WEGO-ITN) research network for Feminist Political Ecology, European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme | Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), POLLEN Secretariat currently hosted by the Resources, Environment and Development Group, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
Conceptual Art and Digital Environments, Economics, Technology and Ecology, Geology and Geopolitics.
Under the collective name SEL__NOIR, artists Laroche+Roisner started their REGOLITHIC collaboration during the autumn of 2021. They work in the visual, sonic and conceptual arts, live performance and music production. Their fieldwork takes place in natural, managed, extractive and post-industrial landscapes, and responds with sculptural, performative and digital environments.
REGOLITHIC ‘fragments’ (not yet public)
Images from REGOLITHIC concept album (fragments 1-12) now complete
SEL__NOIR social media campaign launch 1 May 2022 LINKS
REGOLITHIC ‘traces’ (public)
Remembering and forgetting the air (27.01.22)
Performed live online as part of the Despite Extractivism events, scalar theme: ‘Embodiment’, POLLEN & University of Brighton, UK
[screen-shared images, narrated script, Q&A]