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  • Le Café des Voix / 30 May to 3 June 2016

    Le Printemps des Laboratoires #4

    A “hearing voices café” is a well-patronised coffee shop, a coffee shop where one hears a host of voices. But the phrase “hearing voices” is also associated with the phenomenon of hearing inner voices. Drawing on the ambiguity of the term, Spanish artist Dora García will be setting up a temporary gathering place for people who hear voices. “Le Café des Voix” will be hosted for a one-week period by the associative café Pas si loin in Pantin, near Paris. A conversation programme will be proposed with guests from Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. These conversations will begin at 5.30 pm.

  • With the title Psychotropification of Society, this forth edition ot the Printemps des Laboratoires explore the abusive phenomeon of medicalization of contemporary society established in rationalization, standardization and control tool. Psychotropification, a term combining the words ‘psychopharmacy” and ‘tropism’, refers to the exponential rise in the prescription and use of medication in the treatment of mental health disorders. Our intention in highlighting the notion of “tropism” is to show that the rise and banalisation of medical prescriptions is linked to a standardising ideology that is infiltrating and governing Western societies, which are more concerned with the freedom of action of pharmaceutical industries than with the freedom of action of the individuals that make up society. Through a week-long programme of screenings, lectures, performances, round table discussions and workshops, we will attempt to glean and understanding of the different paradigms involved in the problematic of Psychotropification.

  • As part of the fourth edition of Le Printemps des Laboratoires, this year on the Psychotropification of Society, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers in partnership with Spectre Productions present a screening of Disappear One, a film by Silvia Maglioni et Graeme Thomson, made with the participation of the UEINZZ Theatre Company and the research group Presque Ruines. « In the wake of Félix Guattari's Project for a Film by Kafka and in homage to Kafka's Amerika, DISAPPEAR ONE works a series of variations around the unfinished novel in the context of an imminent shipwreck, shifting the trajectory of Karl's journey towards Brazil and tracing its lines of disappearance in the depths of the South Atlantic ». The screening is programmed on Thursday 2nd June 2016, at 8 pm, at the cinema Le Studio in Aubervilliers (2 rue Edouard Poisson).


  • For this shamanic performance, Ndiritu invites both participants to take part in A Therapeutic Townhall Meeting. Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) meetings which took place in South Africa, which were broadcast on live television as series of 96 episodes beginning in 1996 at the end of apartheid. At the occasion of the fourth edition of Printemps des Laboratoires, Ndiritu will use the shamanic tool of soul retrieval within the context of a large public forum. This performance will take place at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Saturday 4th June 2016, at 6 pm sharp.