Céleste Boursier-Mougenot


Born in 1961 in Nice (France), lives and works in Sète (France)


clinamen V4, 2017

Birds perched on a guitar string, drops of water on a drum ... All of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's works focus on hearing – on what he calls "living and moving sound forms”. They involve various devices generating often tenuous musical potentialities (a fragility inherent in the random processes of life) but they are always captivating. Music and sound are the essential materials of Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s art. He experiences a musical potential in every object and sees himself as being at the intersection of experimental music and visual arts, in the same way as John Cage and La Monte Young were.

In the middle of Buckminster Fuller’s Radôme, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot presents clinamen v4: "In a pool half filled with water, some forty bowls float and move about. An immersed water pump produces a slight diametrical flow, causing the objects to drift and collide gently and to produce sounds as they do so. The temperature of the water is maintained at about 30 degrees Celsius by a system of heating elements, in order to ensure optimum resonance of the objects. Each of these objects has been chosen for its unique sound, for the note it produces when it chimes." (Céleste Boursier-Mougenot). In Epicurean physics, ‘clinamen’ is the unpredictable swerve (literally, a ‘decline’) of atoms in their fall into the void; the swerve that causes atoms to collide.

Produced with the Groupe HASAP’s support, Official partner of the 14th Biennale de Lyon and the backing of Serge Ferrari



© Blaise Adilon

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