Polytope 2022 / Réouverture de l'Espace de projection
Xenakis' Polytope de Cluny embodies the rare combination of academic and popular art: an immersive experience of sound and vision, the prototype of multimedia works. The spatialized soundtrack, the crackling flashes, the figures created by laser beams and reflected by hundreds of mirrors... This performance, premiered 50 years ago at the Cluny thermal baths, plunged the spectator into a whirlwind of lights and electronic music.
The reconstitution of the Polytope marks the reopening of the Espace de projection, IRCAM's modular hall - another iconic device. To the multiple that represented Xenakis (composer, architect, mathematician, multimedia pioneer) the creation of the musical collective /nu/thing, namely Andrea Agostini, Daniele Ghisi, Eric Maestri, Andrea Sarto, and the digital art studio ExperiensS, responds. Their polytope for the present is the antithesis of its illustrious predecessor: control rather than randomness, envelopment rather than eruption, continuity rather than rupture. But today, as yesterday, imagining a polytope means inventing the sound, the light and the space that will allow us to live in it for a while.
Pierre Carré musicological research and reconstruction of the sources
ExperiensS lighting adaptation, engineering, and programming
Augustin Muller IRCAM musical advisor
Iannis Xenakis Polytope de Cluny - premiere of the reconstitution
/nu/thing musical creation
ExperiensS lighting design, engineering, and programming
Augustin Muller IRCAM electronics
nu/thing x ExperiensS Were You There at the Beginning - premiere 2022
dedication "alla memoria di Carlo Ciceri"
Warning: The performance Polytope has been identified as a potential seizure trigger for people with photosensitive epilepsy (strobe or flashing lights)
Unfortunately, the Espace de projection is not accessible to people with reduced mobility until January 2023.