Sébastien Robert (1993) is a French sound artist, photographer and researcher based in The Hague, The Netherlands. His on-going artistic research ‘You’re no Bird of Paradise’ focuses on indigenous rituals that are in danger of disappearing due to technological, geopolitical and/or ecological issues.
Rather than simply documenting them, his research aims to study in-depth their sonic, visual and contextual singularities while reshaping their musicality into new universes and translating them into tangible artworks made of endemic materials which will last over time.
This research isn’t bound to any specific format. It is based on a site-specific approach in collaboration with the local community as well as other artists, researchers and scientists without any preconceived ideas on the outcome. Each case of study gives birth to a singular artistic project influenced by the field experience, the material gathered and the theoretical research carried out before, during and after the expedition.