Félicia Atkinson

 
Experimental musician, sound and visual artist Félicia Atkinson (born 1981) lives on the wild coast of Normandy (France). She has played music since the early 2000s. She has released many records and a novel on Shelter Press, the label and publisher she co-runs with Bartolomé Sanson.
For Félicia Atkinson, human voices inhabit an ecology alongside and within many other things that don't speak, in the conventional sense: landscapes, images, books, memories, ideas. The French electro-acoustic composer and visual artist makes music that animates these other possible voices in conversation with her own, collaging field recording, MIDI instrumentation, and snippets of essayistic language in both French and English. Her own voice, always shifting to make space, might whisper from the corner or assume another character's tone. Atkinson uses composing as a way to process imaginative and creative life, frequently engaging with the work of visual artists, filmmakers, and novelists. Her layered compositions tell stories that alternately stretch and fold time and place, stories in which she is the narrator but not the protagonist.
Félicia Atkinson has collaborated with musicians including Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Chris Watson, Christina Vantzou, and Stephen O'Malley, and with ensembles including Eklekto (Geneva) and Neon (Oslo). She has performed at venues and festivals including INA GRM/Maison de la Radio and the Philharmonie (Paris), Issue Project Room (NYC), the Barbican Center (London), Le Guess Who (Utrecht), Atonal (Berlin), Henie Onstad (Oslo), Unsound (Krakow), and Skanu Mesz (Riga). Her work has been commissioned by filmmakers (Ben Rivers, Chivas de Vinck) and fashion houses (Prada, Burberry). She has exhibited in museums, galleries, and biennials including RIBOCA Biennale (Riga), Overgaden (Copenhagen), BOZAR (Brussels), Espace Paul Ricard (Paris), and MUCA ROMA (Mexico City).

(external link : feliciaatkinson.com)
 
Félicia Atkinson - Ni envers ni endroit que cette roche brûlante (pour Georgia O\'Keeffe) / Recurrence.Expansion (vinyl LP)
2023
Shelter Press - Records
A split album as part of the GRM Portraits series bringing together two pieces by Félicia Atkinson and Richard Chartier.
Félicia Atkinson - The Whisper
2023
bilingual edition (English / French)
Shelter Press - Books
Félicia Atkinson's new artist's book, bringing together photographs, drawings and poems.
Félicia Atkinson - Image Language (2 vinyl LP)
2022
Shelter Press - Records
currently out of stock
A poetic and "environmental" record, weaving delicate instrumentals with spoken word.
Félicia Atkinson - Image Language (CD)
2022
Shelter Press - Records
A poetic and "environmental" record, weaving delicate instrumentals with spoken word.
Félicia Atkinson - Un  hiver  en  plein  été (vinyl LP)
2021
Shelter Press - Records
currently out of stock
The third collaboration between Félicia Atkinson and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma—their first album produced together in the same studio: an electroacoustic, poetic, fluid and sensitive dialogue between the two experimentalists.
Félicia Atkinson - Echo (vinyl LP)
2021
various
sold out
Newly remastered by Rashad Becker for this vinyl edition, “Echo” finds Félicia Atkinson synching her feelings into a watercolour suite of solo keys, voice and field recordings, unfurling 40 minutes of new breathtaking music.
Félicia Atkinson - A Forest Petrifies - Diamond Feedback
2019
English edition
Shelter Press - Books
The first part of a larger novel in several episodes: a text about the perception of time and how some places mark people's minds.
Félicia Atkinson - The Flower and the Vessel (2 vinyl LP)
2019
Shelter Press - Records
The French musician, poet, and visual artist blends cut-up poetry, ASMR, Satie, Ravel and Debussy, on her new album.
Félicia Atkinson - The Flower and the Vessel (CD)
2019
Shelter Press - Records
The French musician, poet, and visual artist blends cut-up poetry, ASMR, Satie, Ravel and Debussy, on her new album.
Félicia Atkinson - Limpid as the Solitudes (vinyl LP)
2018
Shelter Press - Records
Félicia Atkinson and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma have thought of this new collaboration as a series of soundscapes filled with literary and cinematographic references, from Sylvia Plath's poetry to the films of Hal Hartley and Wong Kar Wai. The album carries a strange echo of the 1990s, materialized in Julien Carreyn's cover photograph.
Félicia Atkinson - Ambient Park
2017
English edition
Shelter Press - Books
sold out
Ricocheting quietly between photographic landscapes, drawn abstractions and poetic recollections, this artist's book assumes the form of a deferred performance. Serving as a kind of response to the French artist and experimental musician's recent sonic and visual output, the book comprises a series of film stills shot during her travels to New Mexico and Arizona, overlaid with a collection of at once crude and delicate drawings made in Australia.
Félicia Atkinson - Hand In Hand (2 vinyl LP)
2017
Shelter Press - Records
sold out
Atkinson's most ambitious musical work to date, Hand In Hand combines 80's sci-fi anxious aethetics with today's transparency of digital sounds. Placing the voice at the epicenter of the recording, the French artist and musician convokes fiction, composition and abstraction in the manner of Joan La Barbara, Robert Ashley, or Delia Derbyshire.
Félicia Atkinson - Hand In Hand (CD)
2017
Shelter Press - Records
Atkinson's most ambitious musical work to date, Hand In Hand combines 80's sci-fi anxious aethetics with today's transparency of digital sounds. Placing the voice at the epicenter of the recording, the French artist and musician convokes fiction, composition and abstraction in the manner of Joan La Barbara, Robert Ashley, or Delia Derbyshire.
Félicia Atkinson - Audio Book
2017
English edition
Shelter Press - Books
sold out
This artist's book gathers an uncompromising collection of 200 found images and original work from Felicia Atkinson, composing a rasterized visual score.
Félicia Atkinson - Comme un seul narcisse (vinyl LP)
2016
Shelter Press - Records
sold out
French artist Félicia Atkinson teams up with New York-based experimentalist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma with Comme un seul narcisse—an epistolar conversation of post-modern times.
Félicia Atkinson - Animals
2016
English edition
Shelter Press - Books
sold out
Animals questions through a poetic approach the modernist apprehension of time and locomotion, in the realm of today.
Félicia Atkinson - A Readymade Ceremony (vinyl LP)
2015
Shelter Press - Records
sold out
A concrete / post-digital oratorio in 5 parts.
Félicia Atkinson - A Readymade Ceremony (CD)
2015
Shelter Press - Records
A concrete / post-digital oratorio in 5 parts.
Félicia Atkinson - Improvising sculpture as delayed fictions
2014
English edition
Shelter Press - Books
First monograph.
Félicia Atkinson - Twenties are gone
2013
English edition
Shelter Press - Books
The first poetry book wrote by the visual and sound artist Felicia Atkinson.


 top of page