Frances Belser Installation at CCAT
27 October, 2011

On November 2, at 18:00, the Center of Contemporary Art –Tbilisi will present an installation by Frances Belser. The installation called ‘Voyager Read Me’ is created by the Swiss artist, who says:

‘I grew up surrounded by the Gospel and classical music. At school I started to act; I’ve always loved to sing. In the third grade I was dismissed from the class because I kept humming songs under my breath. The nativity play at the end of the year served

as a reason to return to school. My wonderful grandmother taught me to play the piano at a very early age; I believe you could blame her for it all.   I worked as an au pair in London at first and went to a theatre workshops in my spare time. I wasn’t much good as an au pair. It was terrible and I knew I had to get out of there fast! Then I went to live in Brixton. At that time there was massive political unrest there. Brixton was burning! I lived in a ‘squat’ and did street theatre. I had studied pantomime at “Scuola Teatro Dimitri” for two years and I felt that there was a clown in me wanting to get out. Our house in Brixton burned down; life in Brixton got so dangerous that my father ordered me to come back home. Back in Zurich I met Boris Blank (of the band ‘Yello’). We produced a song together. Blank was the proud owner of the first Fairlight synthesizer in Switzerland. That thing enchanted me and I thought: ‘This is it, all I want to do now is to sing!’ But my journey took me to the theatre in Basel where I played Brecht, Kostner, Dario Fo and Marivaux. I stayed in Basel for a few years and starred in various productions. But I was attracted by French cinema and so I went to Paris, took the entrance exam for the acting school ‘Court Florent’ and I was in luck. I was admitted free of charge for the first year, in the second year there were only forty students left and in the third year the famous actor Francis Huster was one of our teachers. I wanted that diploma to keep living in Paris. During the semester breaks I returned to Switzerland and worked in retail, selling designer clothes in Arosa, St. Moritz and Zurich’.

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