02. Artists

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

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b. 1961 in Nice (France); lives and works in Sète (France)

Birds perching on the strings of a guitar, water dripping onto the skin of a drum: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s work is directed at our sense of hearing, through what he calls “living sound forms”. Also involving movement, these forms are systems for generating often tenuous – but always captivating – musical possibilities reflecting the inherent fragility of life’s random processes.

Boursier-Mougenot is representing France at the 2015 Venice Biennale. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Bass Museum of Art (Miami), the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Massachusetts), the Abattoirs (Toulouse) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne) and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris).


Works


La vie moderne

aura, Création Biennale 2015

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s work is directed at our sense of hearing, through what he calls “living sound forms”, generated by haphazard devices, usually connected with the space around us. For the Biennale, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot gives a new interpretation, in the musical sense of the word, of a work from 2013, in which water falls, through the influence of cosmic rays, to strike a drum kit. With aura, this new interpretation uses the drum kit but, instead of the water, the drumhead is struck by cherry stones, triggered this time by the electromagnetic aura given off by each owner of a cell phone who visits the Sucrière. The sound produced by the fall of the cherry stones is thus random and variable, concealing within it the tiny and immaterial movements that saturate our world with its plethora of communication.

Production les Abattoirs / FRAC Midi-Pyrénées, Collection de l'artiste, Courtesy Galerie Xippas, Paris

Venues : La Sucrière

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot 3 photos
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© Blaise Adilon

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
aura - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
aura - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
aura - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière