Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Exhibition

Paula Cooper Gallery "521 W 21 St."

poster for Céleste Boursier-Mougenot Exhibition

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Céleste 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 get expressed visually or visual informational gets expressed sonically. Calling on ideas about technological production, language, chance operations and systems of translation, Boursier-Mougenot’s work converges multi-sensory phenomena with a cerebral investigation of the mechanisms of sight and sound in his given situations.

On view in this exhibition will be the artist’s piece index. This work hinges on a computer program designed by the artist that translates fragments of language typed on the gallery’s office computers into a musical score played in real-time by an acoustic piano placed in the gallery. The program isolates a set of notes, dynamics and other musical terms from the language typed on the gallery’s computers to build its ongoing score. Acting as conductor, composer, and instrumentalist all at once, the piece renders an in situ musical phenomenon that registers the labor of the gallery and plays it in song.

[Image: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot "Détail" Color photograph mounted on aluminum and plexiglass, 43 5/8 x 43 5/8 in.]



from March 19, 2009 to April 25, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-03-19 from 18:00 to 20:00

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