Interactive installation by Zahra Poonawala where the movements generate musical modifications, appearances or disappearances of instrumental parts. The loudspeakers, mounted on motors, follow the movements of visitors.
This work tends to prolong an engaged reflection which questions the sound and visual relationships between production and perception of sound. While the previous works offered a static presentation, this places the viewer in the position of explorer. Drawing from “acousmoniums” or speaker orchestras, the work aims to materialize a more dynamic experience of listening by relying on movement. The space occupied by the installation is given, but it can be perceived in various ways. It is first marked by a fixed mark, that of the speaker wall which forms the background, both visual and audible. His characters each have a different volume, register and character. In front of this background stand out soloists, isolated speakers who are gifted with mobility, since they react to the movements of the spectator, who is encouraged to evolve to make them react. The different sound planes redouble this spatial organization. Starting from a complex fundamental chord which constitutes a base, the reaction to the spectator’s movements determines changes in intensity, launches solos which detach from the sound mass. To approach is to listen, it is also to elicit a differentiated sound response. The recorded music, born from Zahra Poonawala’s proposals, was written by Gaëtan Gromer for a chamber music group. Influenced by works like that of Giacinto Scelsi, it is heard as a complex chord in which the viewer, like a speleologist, will direct the lamp of his attention to such a desk, such part of the orchestra, traveling to the inside the sound as through the space circumscribed by the installation. The movement will not break continuity, whether visual or audible, but will modify the balances and perspectives. To paraphrase Wagner: here, sound becomes space.
Sound installation by Zahra Poonawala
Musical writing: Gaëtan Gromer
Flutes: Ayako Okubo
Clarinets: Adam Starkie
Violin: Marie Osswald
Viola: Antoine Spindler
Cello: Anne-Catherine Dupraz
Double bass: Elodie Peudepièce
Musical computing: Benoît Jester, Gaëtan Gromer
Robotic computing: Antoine Rousseau
Detection IT: David Lemaréchal
Construction: Jean-Marc Delannoy
In partnership with Métalu à Chahuter and Les Ensembles 2.2