13.09–30.09.2017. Whispering Stones. Khurtova & Bourlanges.

Elena Khurtova & Marie Bourlanges present an interactive sound installation “Whispering Stones” inspired by a peculiar text dedicated to the star constellation of Cephea. Playing with the double etymology of Cephea as “stone” and “head”, the duo explores the fictional narratives superimposed on natural elements like stones, and attempt to give them back their own “voice”. Referring to ritual practices with healing stones found in the Cévennes region of France, Khurtova and Bourlanges experiment with touching over recreated stones, enabling them to “speak”.

Playing with the acoustic and spacious quality of the exhibition space in dialogue with the tactility of porcelain pieces, the installation will generate an immersive sound and visual experience. “Cephea’s chanting stones” is part of the fourth chapter of Khurtova & Bourlanges’ current project “the Sky is on the Earth” based on the archive of Jacques Bourlanges, connecting star constellations and land geography.

This project is made possible with the support of Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Stokroos.

Guided tour on 26th of September at 7.30 pm, the event is part of Tallinn Tuesday programme.


Event is produced by Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Supporters: French Institute, Beweship Eesti, EKA Gallery

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