Cephea’s whispering stones

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“Cephea’s whispering stones” is 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.

Elena Khurtova & Marie Ilse Bourlanges present sculptural translations inspired by a peculiar text dedicated to the 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 earth, 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”.


In Paleis van Mieris, former art depot of the Rijksmuseum and current art project space, Khurtova & Bourlanges will present a new format of “Cephea’s whispering stones”. Playing with the acoustic and spacious quality of the building in dialogue with the tactility of porcelain pieces, the artists duo will create an immersive sound and visual experience.

In this second edition Maia Lyon Daw and Jonathan Sachse Mikkelsen will play live the ’voices’ of our porcelain stones.

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Maia Lyon Daw is an audiovisual artist from the UK, currently based in Amsterdam. Her sound, video and installation work explores new formulations of ritual expression and alternative mythological narratives.

Jonathan Sachse Mikkelsen is a multi-disciplinary artist and has collaborated with Maia Lyon Daw on various sound projects such as ‘Bluebard’, ‘Wolf Death and the Acorn’ and most recently on ‘AEOIA’.

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