Published On: Tue, Jan 26th, 2010

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot rocks with the birds

The latest commission for The Curve at The Barbican is by French contemporary artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and takes the form of a walk through aviary inhabited by 40 Zebra Finches.

The latest commission for The Curve is by French contemporary artist C鬥ste Boursier-Mougenot and takes the form of a walk-through aviary inhabited by 40 zebra finches. For his first UK solo exhibition Boursier-Mougenot constructs a landscape for the birds using bass guitars and Gibson Les Paul electric guitars as perches, and cymbals as feeders containing water and seeds. As the birds go about their routine activities, settling on the instruments, plucking strings and pecking cymbals they create a chance composition. The sounds are amplified to resonate throughout the gallery. Also included in the installation is a series of videos that featuring close-ups of hands playing electric guitars. Rather than hearing the sound of the guitars playing we hear a humming drone produced by the amplification of the video signal.

See the video here

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