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* EMPAC Presents Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Exhibition Through Sept. 1

index, v.4, 2005/2009 Pleyel piano P190 with PianoDisc system, computer and software 74 1/2 x 59 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. (189.2 x 151.1 x 102.9 cm)*

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EMPAC Presents
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Exhibition Through Sept. 1

Two continuously playing sound installations by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot create a special sonic atmosphere in EMPAC’s lobby spaces. The first installation, untitled (Series #3), unfolds on the mezzanine. A current moves floating bowls, dishes, and glasses in several pools of water, and as these objects touch, the space is filled with their fleeting, floating music.

The other sounds moving through the lobby come from two computer-played pianos, positioned at the entrances at each end of the building. The music played by the pianos in the installation index (v.4) is an interpretation of EMPAC’s communication network activity. Software written in collaboration with EMPAC’s IT team monitors the networks and translates bits and pieces into musical notes for the pianos — using the computers and pianos to connect work and play.

Boursier-Mougenot’s work merges the realms of the musical and the visual, mining unexpected sources for their musical potential and creating situations or devices in which sonic events turn into visual material or visual objects and events get transposed sonically. To read more, go to www.chronogram.com/issue/2011/5/Arts+%26+Culture/Made-to-Be-Forgotten.

Presented by the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). The exhibition will remain up through Sept. 1. Admission is free.

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