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“You will find them in ill-looking spots, growing all lonely and ill-famed amidst ruins and rubbish heaps. Therein lies one other¬†point of resemblance between these flowers and her who makes use of them. For where else than in waste wilderness could live the poor wretch whom all men thus evilly entreated; the woman accursed and proscribed as a poisoner, even wile she used to heal and save; as the betrothed of the Devil and of evil incarnate, for all the good which, according to the great physician of the Renaissance, she herself had done? When Paracelsus, at Basle, in 1527, threw all medicine into the fire, he avowed that he knew nothing but what he had learnt from witches.”

Jules Michelet, The Witch (1862)

20 minute sound piece installation by Tamara Barnett-Herrin commissioned by Spike Island for Mai-Thu Perret’s exhibition in March 2019. A performance with the same name closed the exhibition.

Performance credits:
Conceived by Mai-Thu Perret

Written and performed by Tamara Barnett-Herrin, Jacopo Belloni, Giovanna Belossi, Gregory Bourrilly, Sylvian Gelewski, Juliet Lakhdari, Mai-Thu Perret, Angeles Rodriguez

Spoken word and song by Tamara Barnett-Herrin

Soundtrack by Layer V

Video by Juliet Lakdhari

Costumes designed by Gregory Bourrilly and Giovanna Belossi

Sound engineer Paul Bullimore

Produced during a workshop at the Work.Master program, Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Geneve).