Coline Houssais & Pierre France

Curator & Scholar, France

Pierre France and Coline Houssais have at least two things in common: the year 1987 (when they were born) and being left-handed. Before digging cardboard boxes together they spent a jolly big part of their youth buried in the music section of France's local public librairies. When they eventually joined forces, they started exchanging musical gems and homemade sound pieces over the internet and have not stopped since then. Both trained in political science and MENA studies, they professionally focus on music from the Arab world and the issue of cultural archives in North Africa and the Middle East, Pierre as a PhD student (IFPO / Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Coline as founder of l'Agence Ustaza and lecturer at Sciences Po.

Learn more about Pierre France: univ-paris1.academia.edu/PierreFrance
Learn more about Coline Houssais: cargocollective.com/colinehoussais

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At the end of a local car boot sale we stumbled into a cardboard box full of audio tapes. A box as a universe in wait of explorers containing music that has never been reissued and cannot be found on the internet, as well as voice recordings of the tapes’ owner. This treasure will be enriched by our own recordings of places (record shops, bars, concert venues) and people (neighbours, local community, artists) these tapes will lead us to. It is also the sound of our own daily exchanges around this box and reflections on family memories and heritage, which create our own sound postcards through audio recordings of various shapes.