Cerith Wyn Evans

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Born in 1958 in Llanelli (Wales), lives and works in London (England)

Cerith Wyn Evans produces protean work in which perceptual questions are superimposed on an interplay of poetic reconfiguration. He was once an assistant director to film maker Derek Jarman and he has never lost the sense of stage management nor the elegance that he learned from Jarman. Although texts and quotations are often the starting point for Wyn Evans’s installations, the various translations and restatements that he subjects them to transform them into sound or light signals which can then initiate a dialogue with the venue that displays them. Cerith Wyn Evans joined forces with Throbbing Gristle, an English experimental music group formed in 1975, to create this sound installation, which takes its name from the poet Stéphane Mallarmé. A = P = P = A = R = I = T = I = O = N is a new take on the mobile, an open sculpture invented by Calder. The shimmering surface of the disc-shaped sound panels modifies one’s perception of this sculpture in motion, sometimes going so far as to annihilate the initial sense of monumentality to reveal an indeterminate state, suspended between appearance and diffraction in space. The installation mutates into a spatialised concert, an electric polyphony which remains in a state of constant renewal as the public move about.

 Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris - Musée national d’art moderne

 

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