In the spring of 2018, the temporary lesbian bar Mothers & Daughters opened in Brussels. This opening brought together a community in deficit. In deficit of place, of celebration and of collective rituals. In the wake of this event whose near disappearance made its presence all more precious, Severine Irène V. Janssen X BNA-BBOT recorded testimonies, conversations and sounds. These recordings took place in the bar and outside the bar and resulted in this radiophonic piece.
BNA-BBOT is a Brussels-based organisation dedicated to the past, present and future sound memory of Brussels. Since 2000, BNA-BBOT generates a history and memory of the city through the stories and memories of its inhabitants. We’ve compiled closed to 20.000 items of sound data – witness accounts, snippets of conversations, monologues, songs, soundscapes and raw sounds – that form the history of the city. A kind of documentative experience over a very long course, which is not only intended to capture the voices and sounds that pass, but to also create multiple forms that can be heard and returned to the city. All this, in order to have the city actively rework its living memory, and the memory – both present and future – constantly reworked by the city.
Séverine Irène V. Janssen lives and works in Brussels. She studied philosophy but her passion for the way in which history is conceived, written, commented and transmitted, as well as her interest in memory as a political and aesthetic subject led her to take on coordination for BNA-BBOT in 2009.
Credits music :
Make Your Dreams Television – Planète Concrète
Küss Mich Wund – Planète Concrète
Tropical vibration – Planète Concrète
What I Would – MC Mustaj
Highway – Grande
Production : BNA-BBOT, 2019
(Curated by Carine Demange & Radio Campus Bruxelles for Radia network)
1. Popsicles and icicles- Murmaids (LP Original Sound) 2. NY’s a lonely town – Tradewinds (45t Red Bird) 3. My boyfriend’s back – Angels (45t Eric) 4. The boy from NYC -Ad-Libs (45t Blue Cat) 5. Will you love me tomorrow- Shirelles (45t Scepter) 6. Little boy – Crystals (45t Philles) 7. Sally go ’round the roses – Jaynetts (45t Columbia) 8. Dressed in black – Shangri la’s (45t Red Bird) 9. Dream lover – Paris Sisters (45t MGM) 10. You don’t know – Ellie Greenwich ( LP Rhino) 11. You don’t have to be a baby to cry – Caravelles (45t Smash) 12 . Chains – Cookies (45t London) 13. He’s a rebel – Crystals (45t Philles) 14. The kind of boy you can’t forget – Raindrops (45t Jubilee) 15. Little bell – Dixie Cups (EP Charly) 16. Walking in the rain – Walker Brothers (45t Philips) 17. Baby I love you – Ronettes (45t Philles) 18. I want your love – Pussycats (LP B**t) 19. Chico’s girl – Girls (45t Lauper Death) 20. Baby it’s you – Shirelles (45t Scepter) 21. Remember (Walking in the sand) – Shangri La’s (45t Red Bird) 22. Out in the streets – Blondie (45t b**t 1ère version) 23. Don’t come back – Mary Weiss (LP Norton) 24. Looking for a kiss – New York Dolls (LP Mercury) 25. Sophisticated boom boom – Knoxville Girls (LP In The Red) 26. Then he kissed me – Hollywood Brats (LP Cherry Red) 27. Past, present & future – Shangri La’s (45t Red Bird – dedicated to Annette W., always)