During their lifetimes, two poets make a bequest: an unfinished work that they will not allow anyone else to continue. (Not only) literary friendship goes hand-in-hand with the virtuosity of verbal expression… between emotion and self-mockery.
Sebastian Dicenaire & Vincent Tholomé (BE)
Sebastian Dicenaire is a French performer, born in Alsace. After studying philosophy, he shifted to cinema, which he studied at the Beaux-Arts de Genève. It was during this period he discovered sound poetry, before settling permanently in Brussels in the 2000s. He has published several poetry collections (Döner-kebab, ed. Héros-Limite; Dernières Nouvelles de l’Avenir, ed. Atelier de l’agneau), and has given numerous readings-performances across the French-speaking world. His performances are marked by the preponderance of orality and sound, and often accompanied by cobbled-together soundtracks, triggered by a sampler, creating a veritable “cinema for the ear.” He decided to switch from sound poetry to sound fiction by adapting his text Personnologue for the RTBF in 2009. Ever since, audio writing has become his primary mode of expression and his sound fictions have received several awards from numerous festivals (Europa Berlin 2011; Prix Phonurgia Nova 2016; Prix SGDL 2018…). Recently, his audio series of technological-mythical foresights around dreams or memory have garnered the attention of large-scale radio groups (France Culture 2018, RTS 2020).
Vincent Tholomé is of Belgian origin. He describes himself, inter alia, as a poet, performer, author, workshop leader, ex-reviewer, and ex-member of the ex-Big Band of Littératures Féroces. By dint of his involvement in multiple projects, with multiple partners, in solo, duos, trios, or large-scale collectives, he has multiplied his encounters and adventures. His work stands at the crossroads of sound and verbal improvisations, mixing poetry and fiction, oral languages and the ancient story-telling art of racontouze. Author of some fifteen books, including Kirkjubaejarklaustur (2009) and Cavalcade (2012) published by Le Clou dans le Fer, and VUAZ (2013) by Maelström, he received the FWB Triennial Poetry Prize from 2011-2014 The John Cage Experience: 8 solos, duets ou trios (avec choses). He was a member of the sono-verbal quartet (KWAD), and collaborated with Marc Perrin on the duet Notre affaire commune, with Xavier Dubois on the duet Kaapshlimurslis, and with Maja Jantar and Sébastien Dicenaire on the Trio WYRD. His publications are available online or in print magazines; he also runs writing workshops in schools and workshops for the magazine Indications.