installation (2015)

In a space similar as a recording studio, the presence of the visitors makes appear, one by one, the sounds of the instruments of a symphony orchestra during its tuning – until a complete reconstitution when a group is present. However, this warm-up never stops: the sound is held in a perpetual suspense, appearing and disappearing according to the visitor’s behaviors.

In French, sous-ensemble means subset. In this mirroring relationship between the visitors and the absent musicians, a collective form arises thru the archetypal form of an orchestra. Other visitors could enter the room, the music could begin, but it still stays at the threshold.

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Created with the collaboration of the Lille National Orchestra.
Engineering and artistic collaboration: Jean-Baptiste Droulers
Computer programming and spatialization: Mathieu Chamagne
Captation apparatus: Alexandre Saunier
Production: Bipolar – Mathieu Argaud
Executive production: SmartFR – illusion & macadam
Coproduction: Pictanovo Interactive Experiences Grant, Lille3000, Lille National Orchestra. With the support of Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts and DICRéAM (CNC – Culture and Communication Ministry).

Orchestra photograph © Ugo Ponte 2015