Speak Up! is a performance with three performers (Tobias Benz, Denise Hasler, Julia Sewing) and the artist. Each performer reads out texts of everyday or historical origin and moves about the space in a modular choreography as they do so.
Martina-Sofie Wildberger seeks to give form to a text in space and explore the political aspect of poetic expression. She focuses on the sound of the spoken text as a raw material, presenting it in French, German, and Swiss German, which become fertile ground from which meaning can emerge.
PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre culturel suisse 18.09-13.12.2015
Martina-Sofie Wildberger plays with texts, languages and meanings. ...
Martina-Sofie Wildberger plays with texts, languages and meanings.
Martina-Sofie Wildberger's artistic work is based on two main elements: performance and text. Using sketches, short staged pieces and text readings, she draws inspiration from the sonorous and rhythmic essence of the text being performed. She starts with sound and gives the text a form in space. She digs deeply into the political and communicative components of the text.
As she is interested in transmission, in the literal sense, she also studies the intrinsic circumstances of the text, questions of content transmission, translation and “translatability”. Wildberger endeavours to elaborate her own poetic language. She uses German, Swiss German or French not only to give meaning to the texts, but also to reveal the political dimension that lies behind the choice of one language over another. When a person performs or reads a text, their language or way of thinking takes on a meaning that is just as important as the content itself. To do this, the artist deliberately uses movements in space. She choreographs the positions of bodies in space and often uses the improvisational potential of electronic music or digital media which are, so to speak, grafted onto the performer's voice as extra levels of communication. For exhibitions, Martina-Sofie Wildberger uses the graphic forms of writing and written texts as tools. A series of posters documents moments or texts that have already been performed, so that we remain as far as possible in the immediacy of the moment. This form—the documentary script –preserves in space, in a very personal way, the ephemeral and unique character of the performances.
Sibylle Omlin, director of the École cantonale d'art du Valais (ECAV)