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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, états seconds

Texts and interviews by Samuel Bianchini, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Christophe Kihm, François Quintin and Peter Szendy.

Author
Texts and interviews by Samuel Bianchini, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Christophe Kihm, François Quintin and Peter Szendy.
Publisher
Les Presses du Réel
Published
2008
Page Count
208

This is the first monograph on Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, conceived by the French artist and musician, adapting into book format his sound installations.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is an artist and composer based in Sete, France. First trained as a musician at the Conservatory for Music in Nice, he began his career as a composer for the Pascal Rambert theatre company. His work is perhaps best understood as that of a musician and composer. Using various unexpected objects from which he extracts a musical potential, Boursier-Mougenot creates situations where sonic events take on visual form, or conversely where visual information is expressed acoustically. As the viewer progressively grasps the processes at play, the conventional notions of sound and image merge and dissolve.

His most well known piece, from here to ear (1999-2014), fills a room with chromatically tuned, amplified electric guitars and flock of finches. The birds create sound both through their own calls and their interaction with the instruments.

In 2006, Boursier-Mougenot presented états seconds, a one-person exhibition at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in Reims, France.

Soft bound, text in English/French. 205 pgs.