Originally scheduled to take place in April and May 2020, Jean-Pierre Gauthier’s exhibition Asservissements & Générateur stochastique had to be postponed due to the physical distanciation measures related to COVID-19. In order to whet your curiosity until its presentation, the artist and OBORO offer you a video preview of his installation Générateur stochastique, which Gauthier redesigned so that visitors can activate it without any hand contact.
“In mathematics as in music, a stochastic process involves at least one random variable. Générateur stochastique is akin to a music box in the form of an interactive game-of-chance console; its randomness lies in the composition being partially in the hands of the public. Turning the machine’s handles produces analog sounds that are transmitted to, then modulated by digital audio programming inspired by generative music. Three distinct tracks start to drift, overlap, and intertwine in an acousmonium of ABS tubes. In the small gallery, high frequencies dangle from the ceiling, while the low frequencies are built up from the floor in a spatialized intimacy. By activating handles, kinetic sensors, and coloured buttons, the viewer takes an active part in the random nature of the arrangement, subverts the system, produces accidents, and becomes a performer. As sound waves become increasingly abstracted from their source, the gallery fills with the murmurings of otherworldly sparrows and whistles of mysterious blackbirds.”
- Charlotte Lalou Rousseau, excerpt from the Asservissements & Générateur stochastique exhibition essay
This project will be presented in a partnership between OBORO and the ELLEPHANT gallery in Montreal. The dates of the exhibition will be announced as the situation evolves.