Simon Ripoll-Hurier

The Silent Keys
8’
2017

(Featuring Tony Abello, Sarah Gaiser & Mark Madjeski from Behind the Wall Paranormal)

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Image: Still from Diana, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, 2017 (phot. Tommy Davis)

In the world of radio hams, a “silent key” is a deceased operator who then stopped emitting (and using the morse key). On the contrary, for amateurs of Electronic Voice Phenomenas, the spirits of the dead never stop “emitting” and you can use radios, wave detectors, microphones, etc., to get in contact with them. In the summer of 2015, Simon Ripoll-Hurier filmed and recorded a group of “ghost seekers” operating in an old military camp in Wall Township, New Jersey. You can hear them moving in the basement of the camp, watching for the slightest rustle in the room, trying to hear signs from local ghosts, and finally holding a conversation with “Fred, from the back”.

This piece is part of Diana, a research including a film, a radio piece, a performance, etc. Diana is a gallery of portraits of amateurs. Some talk to birds, some to ghosts, and some stack radios and stand up antennas to contact each other around the globe. All of them keep an ear out, listening to the noise of the world.


Seek you Worldwide
2’
2017

(Featuring Didier FY5FY from the Radio Amateur Club of Kourou)

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Image: Still from Diana, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, 2017 (phot. Victor Zebo)

On the edge of the Guianese jungle, near Kourou, there is a small bungalow surrounded by 5 big antennas. It’s the headquarter of the Radio Amateur Club of Kourou, aka FY5KE. Once a year, a group of French radio hams come here to participate in CQWW, the most prestigious Amateur Radio international contest. During 48 hours, they try to contact as many radioamateur stations as possible, all around the globe. They are surrounded by stacks of all kinds of machines, and talk in a very strange coded language, following obscure protocols.

This piece is part of Diana, a research including a film, a radio piece, a performance, etc. Diana is a gallery of portraits of amateurs. Some talk to birds, some to ghosts, and some stack radios and stand up antennas to contact each other around the globe. All of them keep an ear out, listening to the noise of the world.