Today at Bella Union we’re celebrating the Soundwalk Collective & Patti Smith deluxe box set release of The Perfect Vision, the triptych of acclaimed albums that encompasses The Peyote Dance, Mummer Love and Peradam. The box set, which includes a remix album featuring contributions from Brian Eno, Jim Jarmusch, Laraaji and more, is available to buy now and all copies (limited to 500 for the world) come with a signed Patti Smith print. The box set also includes a book which features an interview with Patti Smith and Stephan Crasneanscki of Soundwalk Collective along with photos and drawings.
Between 2019 and 2021, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith collaborated on the creation of The Perfect Vision: a triptych of albums which took their inspiration from the writings of three emblematic French poets: Antonin Artaud, Arthur Rimbaud and René Daumal. Central to the work was the poets’ necessity to travel to different lands to acquire a new vision and perspective on themselves and their art. Recorded in the Sierra Tarahumara of Mexico (The Peyote Dance), the Abyssinian valley of Ethiopia (Mummer Love), and the Himalayan Summit of India (Peradam) respectively, each album retraces the poets’ footsteps, channelled through recorded soundscapes, in search of hidden, earthy sounds that hold embedded existence, with Patti Smith revisiting the poets’ words that have been inspired by the landscapes.
Stimulated by these metaphysical journeys, the musical and sound composition of The Perfect Vision is the starting point for a new site-specific and multidisciplinary exhibition – “Evidence” – that Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith have conceived for the Pompidou Centre. Evidence is a poetic and immersive quest, an ode to a world without borders, a contemporary reflection on the infinite and the universal, a spiritual quest for oneness as a living and life-giving presence. The physical, sound and visual journeys of Soundwalk Collective enter into a conversation with the poetic trajectories of Patti Smith, to create a new vision and language. The exhibition space presents sound, film, abstract imagery, objects and found art collected from their travels, leading the visitor towards a large investigative installation that juxtaposes photography, text and original artwork by Patti Smith, from both her personal collections as well as those of Musée national d’art moderne and MoMA, as an evidence of the existence of these poets and their inspiration, offering a true immersion in their thought and art. The exhibition will run through to January 2022 at the Pompidou Centre. More info HERE.