Benjamin Seror, Mime Radio
Edited by <o> future <o> in 2015
Published by: Bat; Adéra; CRAC Alsace; Kunstverein, Amsterdam; and Sternberg Press
22 × 14 cm, 136 pages
€ 20, order with les presses du réel
Mime Radio was performed and written orally by French artist Benjamin Seror at a series of events over a two-year period, then transcribed and edited into a novel. The story revolves around a cast of eccentric characters, who meet at the Tiki Coco, a bar in Los Angeles that holds “Challenging Reality Open Mic” nights for amateur inventors and performers. Eventually, the protagonists get caught up in trying to help Marsyas, a character from ancient Greek mythology that lost his body after being defeated in a music contest against the god Apollo, to recover his voice, his very ancient voice. Unbeknownst to them, this recovery unleashes a disaster… Mime Radio is a novel about how language and perception can be one and the same.
Mime Radio was recorded on a Tascam DR 40, and transcribed by Clare Noonan.
Mime Radio was copyedited and proofread by Marnie Slater, and designed by Coline Sunier & Charles Mazé.
© 2015 Benjamin Seror and the publishers. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.
Published on <o> future <o>, April 30, 2015.