Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Nice, France 1961

now works and lives in Sète, France

Born in Nice in 1961, Céleste Bousier-Mougenot lives and works in Sète. His works have been widely exhibited and collected all over the world. After training for a musical career at the Conservatoire National de Nice, he worked as the composer of the stage director Pascal Rambert’s “Side One Posthume Théâtre” company for nearly ten years from the 1980s to the 1990s. Bousier-Mougenot started to create sound installation since 1994, was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2010, and represented France at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. His exhibition Acquaalta in 2015 turned the space of Palais de Tokyo into a lake and invited the audience to feel all the changes in tactile, visual and auditory experience from this, winning him international recognition. Bousier-Mougenot’s other important exhibitions include San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2017), Copenhagen Contemporary (2017), Museum of Queensland, Brisbane (2016), Jupiter Artland (2016), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (2016), French Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2015), Centre Pompidou-Metz (2015), Biennale de Lyon (2017, 2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2012), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2011), the Barbican Centre in London (2010) and Le Maison Rouge in Paris (2010).


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Brume
Installation
2017

The fourth floor of the art museum is filled with brume. Visitors are guided through the brume by the looming drone and constantly meet with the image flux like in a dream. These images come from the other works that visitors will visit next and the other audiences who entered the exhibition earlier.


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Clinamen
Installation
2017

In this new version of clinamen, two hundred white porcelain bowls of varying sizes float in the pool where the flow of water is controlled. The water waves carry the bowls. When different bowls meet, collide, separate, the sound reverberates in the entire central hall and the audience's ears.


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

From Here To Ear
Installation
2017

The piece “from here to ear”, taking birds as the leading character, places 168 zebra finches between musical instruments with the feed, combined with amplifiers and effectors, together with the surrounding nesting, sand and plants, creating the experience of listening to live performances in nature.


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Scanners
Installation
2017

The helium balloons with wireless microphones tied to the bottom, float and move in the space in the wind of the electric fans. The ambient sound recorded by the microphones is played in real-time by the speakers at the site. The undetectable random sounds created by the changes in position and airflow define the space itself.


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Plex
Installation
2017

The artist processed the real-time surveillance video of the work clinamen and projected it into a given space. The floating white bowls move slowly in a more abstract way. The audience is surrounded by the bass processed from the real-time surveillance video.


Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Choreography
Installation
2017

The installation is made up of hundreds of pebbles that transform the narrow escalator at the entrance of the art museum into an ancient riverbed with natural atmosphere. The escalator is seen as a link between the outdoor and the exhibition hall. Going through the narrow path, the visitors gradually slow down their pace. It serves as a clue to lead the audience into the subsequent piece.

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