CONCERT HALL
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France // 2013

“Concert Hall” is a mammoth both architectural and musical installation, a group project undertaken by artists, builders, musicians and composers coming together specifically for this occasion. Each participant contributes his or her ideas and skills, involving themselves in all stages of the project. It is a music box of gigantic proportions, a labyrinth in which viewers can witness the creation of a mechanical musical piece, producing a multi-sensory experience. An interactive environment they can explore, “Concert Hall” is the perfect habitat for a large orchestra of kinetic and sound sculptures. Like Palais de Tokyo itself, this installation is labyrinthlike, both grandiose and modest.

The collective Rabid Hands ( Andrew Schrock, Ben Wolf, Serra Fels, Vanessa Cronan ) use salvaged materials and derelict objects to create its reactive, parasitic, visceral architecture. This patchwork of hazardous architectures invites viewers to embark on an exhilarating discovery, an adventure: a staircase, winding up an intricate tower, leads to a fairy-tale house; a secret wardrobe reveals a loudly resounding cavern. Each space resonates with melodies meticulously crafted by Julien Gasc, Nick Yulman and Ranjit Bhatnagar, played on automated glockenspiels. Robot rhythm sections and an animated accordion hanging from the ceiling. Interactive light works by Maya Rouvelle, Sunita Prasad and Frederic Durieu enhance the experience. The entire installation, responsive to the public’s impulses, is ruled by a computer and linked by a MIDI system that tie the twisted charm of mechanical music to the precision of digital technology. “Concert Hall” functions as a permanent display, each visit leading to a different experience, a continually renewed discovery." - Palais de Tokyo

Collaboration with Rabid Hands + Flux Factory

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