Vincent Barras (CH)

Le Commun (BAC)

Black/White Oratorio
de Robert Lax et John Beer
dirigé par Vincent Barras


Vincent Barras studied Literature and Medicine before taking up studies in History and Philosophy of Science. He has long been interested in sound art, experimental literature, and sound poetry which he practices as an author and a performer, and which he defends in his activities as a music programmer (La Bâtie-Festival de Genève, from 1985 to 2003; Association Roaratorio, since 2003). He also works as a writer with a focus on poetry, music, contemporary art, the history of medicine and of the body, and psychiatry. Barras is a publisher for the Contrechamps journal and publishing house. As a translator, he has helped spread major works from various trends in poetry and contemporary literature (Robert Lax, John Cage, Georges Séféris, Anton Webern, Theodor W. Adorno, Franz Mon, Simon Cutts, Edoardo Sanguineti, etc.). Barras is also a professor at the University of Lausanne (History of Medicine) and at HEAD – Genève, Geneva School of Art and Design (Theory of Sound, Theory of the Body).

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