In the middle of the night, at the end of a wharf in the Port du Rhin industrial zone, something was burning. Throughout the country, malfunctions were reported, but no one saw the data centre and its nebulous data disappear into the flames.
On the site, you have to observe, survey and decode the signs: listen to a landscape which, little by little, begins to tell a completely different story. Does memory smell when it burns? What do its ashes look like? The fire brings back other nights, other disappearances, other fires. Along the harbour docks, at the edge of the river and the alluvial forest, the mapping of a changing territory is taking shape – a cloud of voices, memories, images.
A digital audio story, the work mixes fiction and musical composition, but is also enriched by the participation of the inhabitants who transmit life stories linked to the places, in order to anchor the project in the territory. Set across different places in the Port du Rhin in Strasbourg, Port Data invites you to wander around and (re)discover this area through sound.
Hélène Gaudy surveyed the Port du Rhin as a student at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in the early 2000s. Now a novelist, she returns to the site to write a musical fiction inspired by the life of the neighbourhood, with composition by Gaëtan Gromer, Clara Olivares and Antoine Spindler.