IRCAM and AXA announce a three-year partnership in celebration of the official unveiling of the Espace de projection

AXA, Exclusive Sponsor of the Espace de projection

"In the heart of Paris, under the fountain on the Place Igor Stravinsky, a unique venue exists: IRCAM's Espace de projection. With endlessly modular acoustics and scenography, the Espace de projection opens up a world of possibilities. Offered to the imagination of musicians and performers, artists and scientists, the Espace de projection will open to the public again in January 2023. This rebirth has the feel of a first time experience. Everyone will be able to experience sound, culture, and innovation in a unique way. The Espace de projection also represents the spirit of the times: a permanent future. In this respect, we would like to thank AXA for its sponsorship, enabling this tangible and intangible legacy to evolve while preserving its pioneering spirit." Frank Madlener, Director of IRCAM

"Faithful to our raison d'être 'Acting for human progress by protecting what matters', AXA has committed itself, for the first time, to the protection and transmission of intangible heritage and sound. We are proud to be able to contribute to the renewal and modernization of the IRCAM-Centre Pompidou's Espace de projection. AXA's support will enable this exceptional facility to remain an international reference in the field of innovation." Ulrike Decoene, Head of Communications, Brand and Sustainable Development at AXA

By becoming the exclusive sponsor of Ircam's Espace de projection, AXA is committing for the first time to the protection and transmission of intangible and sound heritage.

Located in Paris on place Igor-Stravinsky, in the heart of Ircam’s headquarters, the Espace de Projection is a unique place whose acoustics and scenography can be modified. The room, inaugurated under the direction of Pierre Boulez, had been closed since 2014. Thanks to the support of AXA, it benefited from a campaign to renew and modernize its equipment which places it at the forefront of innovation and allows it to remain an international benchmark for sound professionals.

From January 2023, the Espace de Projection will once again be able to host a season dedicated to electronic music, installations as well as participatory and immersive performances.

As part of its sponsorship with Ircam, AXA also supported the creation on January 17, 2023 of Transfert, an immersive work by composer Florent Caron Darras whose aim is to transpose sounds of nature into musical notes. Sound memory is one of the areas of work of Ircam engineers. Transfert was designed especially for the reopening of the Espace de Projection.

Finally, AXA participated in the design and production of a tailor-made digital sound work intended to extend the musical DNA of the fountain created on Place Igor-Stravinsky in Paris by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely in tribute to the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Photos: Electro-Odyssée 1 concert as part of L'Ircam en Fête, Lucie Antunes on stage © Ircam-Centre Pompidou, photo : Quentin Chevrier