Décor Sonore

Instrument Monument

Composition et direction artistique : Michel Risse

2003-2004 CREATION
Intended to develop the potentialities of all kinds of places all over the world, over a period of several years, our Instrument|Monument Programme transforms monuments and other artistic and architectural works into as many giant musical intruments and scenographic objects.

 

«Any form, any material is endowed with sound, however infinitesimal or inaudible. So that every day, without knowing it, we come across secret, yet unheard-of music instruments, waiting only for musicians and appropriate technical means to be revealed.»
M.Risse

A spectacular form of open-air project on sound, each Instrument|Monument performance is a totally new creation, inherent to each context, inspired specifically by the site’s own resonance, scenographic possibilities, and even memory.

The process begins with the site being — literally speaking — «auscultated» by our musicians and technicians, in search of raw material enabling both the writing of the musical score, and a poetic staging of the place’s identity: for to be heard, any form — and especially new forms — also need to be seen.

The dramatic power of each instrumental movement, the bodies, the scenography, the space, the architecture, everything contributes to turn what happens in the realm of sounds into a show. Conversely, music, here, is not a mere illustration or accompaniment, as the purpose of each picture, displacement or move is to produce sounds.

Thus, each creation owes its achievement to the discoveries gradually released by the site, and the composition of each new Instrument|Monument never ceases until it is ready for its first performance.

Here is not merely a work in progress, but the writing of a living score in progress; and the audience finally takes part in an event which has never existed before, and can never exist anywhere else.
 

Gallery

Terra Incognita (2004) - Photo : Henri Krul Terra Incognita (2004) - Photo : Henri Krul In Cage (2004) - Photo : Pierre Schwartz In Cage (2004) - Photo : Pierre Schwartz In Cage (2004) - Photo : Pierre Schwartz In Cage (2004) - Photo : Pierre Schwartz Dehors/Dedans (2004) - Photo : Alain Julien Dehors/Dedans (2004) - Photo : Alain Julien Dehors/Dedans (2004) - Photo : Alain Julien Une petite musique de cour (2005) - Photo : Vincent Muteau Une petite musique de cour (2005) - Photo : Vincent Muteau Une petite musique de cour (2005) - Photo : Vincent Muteau Ondines et Sirènes (2005) - Photo : Nicolas Joubard Ondines et Sirènes (2005) - Photo : Nicolas Joubard Ondines et Sirènes (2005) - Photo : Nicolas Joubard Ondines et Sirènes (2005) - Photo : Nicolas Joubard Bruits roses (2006) - Photo : Claire Girard Retour aux sources (2007) - Photo : Jean-Alexandre Lahocsinsky Retour aux sources (2007) - Photo : Jean-Alexandre Lahocsinsky Retour aux sources (2007) - Photo : Jean-Alexandre Lahocsinsky Opéra de Fer (2007) Opéra de Fer (2007) Opéra de Fer (2007) Château Fortissimo (2007) - Photo : Alain Gonnard Château Fortissimo (2007) - Photo : Alain Gonnard Spectropéra (2008) - Photo : Vincent Muteau Spectropéra (2008) - Photo : Vincent Muteau Spectropéra (2008) - Photo : Vincent Muteau IntonaRivoli (2008) - Photo : Lorenzo Passoni IntonaRivoli (2008) - Photo : Lorenzo Passoni IntonaRivoli (2008) - Photo : Vincent Muteau IntonaRivoli (2008) - Photo : Vincent Muteau IntonaRivoli (2008) - Photo : Vincent Muteau Anstimmen (2010) - Photo : Gunda Bachan

Videos

Instrument|Monument 2004-2008 - prod. Vincent Muteau -durée 9'

Instrument|Monument Project - prod. Vincent Muteau -durée 4'58''

3 Instrument|Monument - prod. Vincent Muteau - durée 8'02''

Team

Artistic direction:
Michel Risse

With :
Jérôme Bossard
Julien Bouchet
Damien Boutonnet
Didier Couchi
Sophie Poupin
Cécile Maillard
Sabine Montlahuc
Thibo Trilles
Fabio Turini
Gaëlle Salomon

Technical direction
Renaud Biri

Tour management
Emeric Renard

Sound management
Olivier Moyne

Sound assistant
Arnaud Jardin

Light
Jean Grison
Nicolas Tauveron

Aerial fixation manager
Fred Sintomer

Photo and vidéo
Vincent Muteau

Mentions

The work Instrument/Monument is commissioned by the French State.

Partners
Le Manège, Scène nationale de Reims
l’Atelier 231 de Sotteville-lès-Rouen
Lieux Publics, Centre national de création des arts de la rue
Le Fourneau, Scène conventionnée Arts de la rue
Espace Périphérique, Paris-Villette
Le Parapluie d’Aurillac

Supports
la DMDTS – French Ministry of culture and communication
le DICREAM
la SACEM
la SPEDIDAM
l’AFAA

Thanks to

Lin Yuan Shang
La Cellule
Act’Art 77
Festival de l’Oh
Principauté de Monaco
Artrafic & la Mairie de Paris

 

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I|M productions since 2004

2015
- Camera Sonora
- Saint-Hilaire Church, Les Nuits Romanes Festival (Melle, France)

2012
- TheaterShip (Le Navire Théâtre) - Cornouaille Theater, Sonik festival (Quimper, France)

2011
- AudioVolvo - Volmax Garage (Stokke, Norway)
- Campus Sonoris - Pierre and Marie Curie University, European Heritage Days (Paris, France)
- Primo Piano - Scuola della Misericordia de Venise, Alice Evènements production (Italie)

2010
- WaveFront - Mercure Hotel, Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism, Israël
- Anstimmen - REGIONALE10 festival, Trieben main square, Austria

2008
- IntonaRivoli - Rivoli Castel, Teatro a Corte (Rivoli, Italy)
- Spectropera - Cairo Opera House (Cairo, Egypt)

2007
- Château Fortissimo - Fortress of Blandy-les-Tours, Mémoire Vive festival (France)
- Opéra de Fer - Opera house of Graz and “Kafka’s Sword” statue, La Strada (Graz, Austria)
- Pont sur l’onde - Bridge of Nogent-sur-Marne, festival de l’Oh! (Nogent sur Marne, France)
- Retour aux sources - Thermal spring resort of Encausse, Les pronomades (Encausse-les thermes, France)

2006
- Bruits roses - Central place of Angers, Les Accroche-Cœurs (Angers, France)

2005
- Ondines et Sirènes - St Georges swimming pool, Les Tombées de la nuit (Rennes, France)
- Une petite musique de cour - Hôtel de Beauvais - court of law of Paris, Les rythmes du Marais (Paris, France)

2004
- Dehors/Dedans - Scène Nationale Le Manège and covered Circus of Reims (Reims, France)
- Par-dessus le Marché - Place de la Condamnine, Printemps des Arts (Monaco)
- In Cage - Park of La Roquette, Itinérance Rue (Paris, France)
- Terra Incognita - “Holland” tugboat and wharf of Terschelling, Oerol Festival (Terschelling, Netherland)

The inspiration for I|M

"I had the intuition of hearing the concrete vibrate, in both a "musique concrète" and a… concrete music. I was clearly envisionning the gesture of a musician-dancer-athlete, like the emblematic figure of the Rank Organisation, hitting this construction with a giant mallet in order to make it sound. This instant sound image haunted my subconscious, without me further questioning its feasibility, its place, or its development into any sort of form." Michel Risse

What is a “monument” ?

From a material, visible, tangible and immovable construction, we create a monument of sounds, movements, and figures; a virtual monument already contained in the object but suddenly revealed, witnessed, increased through a supplementary, a dimension still unheard of.

Types of works and suitable sites

Almost all types of buildings, monuments, works of art, urban developments and street furniture, interiors and exteriors, can be transformed into instrument.

Text, context, pretext

The Instrument|Monument project takes a great part of its content from within the very context: it is above all the sound and scenographic properties encountered in situ that determine the creation's progression.

Scriptophonics, calligraphonics

Amongst the specific tools developed for this creation, scriptophonics curiously reincorporates the notion of “text” in this sound universe. This is indeed a question of offering “the grain”, “the touch” of a rubbed surface to be heard, as well as the infinite variations produced by accelerations, shifts, points, full and fine strokes, from a tip on this support.

Instrumental movement, sound choreography

One of the utopias that this project flirts with is the reunification of forms which, over the centuries, have progressively become separated and isolated while also  becoming more refined : dance, costume, music, the graphic sign and figure, drama, physical exploit...