July 2 through Sun 13 September 2020,
8 a.m.- 11 p.m.
La Villette - Jardin de la treille


Installation from July 2 to September 13, 2020

Limited seats available

Biotope by artist and composer Jean-Luc Hervé invites the visitor to enter a place transformed by the sound environment: the treille's Garden becomes the cradle of polyphony. The public interrupts a dialogue among a population of small, invisible "sound animals hidden within the garden.

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.

Jean-Luc Hervé Biotope
Fearful acoustic device, commissioned by IRCAM -Centre Pompidou
Thomas Goepfer, Serge Lemouton IRCAM computer music design
Benjamin Matuszewski, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Emmanuel Flety (Sound Music Movement Interaction team IRCAM -STMS) scientific collaboration
Yann Bouloiseau sound engineerin

IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, La Villette coproduction. A part of Plaine d’artistes at the La Villette.