Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: untitled (series #3) + index (v.4)
May 11 – September 1
Monday – Saturday, 12-6 PM
FREE + open to the public
EMPAC public spaces
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY, USA
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.
+ A preview in this month's Chronogram
+ Paul Cooper Gallery
Curator: Micah Silver
The exhibition is free and open to the public. It will be closed on Monday, May 30. Parking can be found on 8th Street and College Avenue adjacent to EMPAC (parking on 8th Street is paid noon to 5, Monday-Friday).
Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.
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.