untitled + index

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

May 12November 5, 2011

Two sound installations untitled (series #3) and index (v.4) by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot create a special sonic atmosphere in EMPAC’s lobby spaces. The first involves floating bowls and glasses in several pools of moving water. As these objects touch, the space is filled with their fleeting, floating music. The other sounds moving through the lobby come from two computer-played pianos. The music is an articulation of EMPAC staff's typing activity. Software written by the artist maps linguistic properties to musical properties, translating letters, phrases, and punctuation into aspects of musical language like pitch, dynamics, repetitions, and chords.

Micah Silver

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s work merges the realms of the musical and the visual, mining unexpected sources for their musical potential and creating situations or devices in which sonic events turn into visual material or visual objects and events get transposed sonically.

A native of Nice, France, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was born in 1961. He lives and works in Sète, France. His works has been exhibited worldwide and are part of major public and private collections, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Old and New Art, Australia; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris.

untitled (series #3) + index (v.4) for two pianos
Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm
May 12November 5, 2011

index (v.4) for two pianos is presented at EMPAC in collaboration with superposition, Paula Cooper Gallery, and Les Pianos Pleyel.

In Depth

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA