Biotope by artist and composer Jean-Luc Hervé invites the visitor to enter a place transformed by the sound environment: the museum becomes the cradle of polyphony. The public interrupts a dialogue among a population of small, invisible "sound animals hidden within the exhibition space. The musical system is fearful: it reacts to human presence in the same way as living organisms which panic or remain silent if visitors are too intrusive, numerous, or noisy, singing again only when calm has returned. Through the organic nature of the system, the artist encourages the visitor to modify their behavior towards the environment. Through listening, the visitor’s attention is refocused on what surrounds us.
As part of the exhibition "Le rêveur de la forêt"
Curated by Noëlle Chabert Director of the Zadkine Museum, Jeanne Brun Director of the FMAC
JEAN-LUC HERVÉ BIOTOPE Premiere 2019
Fearful acoustic device, commissioned by IRCAM -Centre Pompidou
Thomas Goepfer IRCAM computer music design
Benjamin Matuszewski, Jean-Philippe Lambert (Sound Music Movement Interaction team IRCAM -STMS) scientific collaboration
Emmanuel Fléty, Djellal Chalabi and Yann Bouloiseau prototyping and manufacturing of sound agents
Jérémie Bourgogne sound engineering