Since 2006 the ]Interstice[ festival (meeting of the unclassifiable) has explored the innovative practices of international artists who question the relationships between audio / image / object / space. The projects presented during the festival take the form of visual and digital arts exhibitions, concerts and performances, and are accompanied by meetings, video projections and a creative laboratory.
The ]Interstice[ project takes place in a variety of locations in the city - including historic buildings, public, private and alternative spaces - forming a route which the visitor/ resident/ citizen can follow, and thus encouraging an interaction between the public and the city. This ephemeral linkage between spaces redefines the urban territory. The projects that have been brought together for this edition of the ]Interstice[ festival are based on experimentation, and are the work of technological poets. The concept of «new technologies» has shifted from its purely mechanical utilisation towards a poetic approach, at the centre of which is located the object. Using both complex high-tech and low-tech applications the artists transmute ordinary objects and their environments into instruments of sensual poetry which invite us to look at the world anew and allow us to experience the poetic dimension that emanates from our everyday environments.
condemned_bulbes is a sound and light installation made up of 1000W incandescent light bulbs. By passing ordinary electricity through a custom-made light dimmer, artificiel is able to bring the coil in a state of excitation that is clearly audible and controllable. The installation is a sort of electric chorus that manifests itself acoustically.
Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life.
Versus is a sound installation consisting of two kinetic sculptures placed face to face.
Each sculpture is made out of 12 triangular panels, hinged and powered by six linear actuators, controlled by a specific program. At the center of each corolla, a loudspeaker and a microphone allow to play and record sounds. At regular intervals, each sculpture produces a sound, simultaneously recorded and analyzed by the opposite sculpture, which then moves according to the frequencies of this sound.
The integrality of the work of Erik Samakh is based on an ever-present dialogue between man and nature. He is the watcher, attentive to the noises the sounds and the colors that make up nature’s riches. For the last 25 years, he has captured, recorded and consolidated in the museum space what has become his material. He installs and broadcasts his work in those places most devoted to discovery.
One finds in the works of Alexandre Joly a tool which he has taken the habit of working with, the piézo. Small, low-tech speakers, in the shape of a lozenge, which he first found and then harvested from musical greeting cards. He then began sodering them together so that they constitute a circuit -lanky, evanescent, golden- of wires and cables. Once the network is created, the sound of the piézos becomes transformed while simultaneously offering a graphic form, figuring an imaginary world that is both sensitive and animal.