Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (UNTREF - Bienal Sur 2016).jpg
Born1961 (age 57–58)

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (born 1961 in Nice, France) is a modern French artist. He lives and works in Sète, France.


Boursier-Mougenot's works unite musical and visual spheres, contain unexpected sources of musical sounding. There are situations or devices created or contain by means of which musical events are expressed visually or visual information acoustically.

The composer Boursier-Mougenot creates the set of standards for sound producing rather than music. The artist tries the acoustic potential of usual objects, spheres and actions.

In "Videodrones" (2001) Boursier-Mougenot addressed to nonconventional use of video. Work allows the audience to watch everyday details of the familiar environment: on five screens in exhibition space in real time views of streets, boulevards and the sidewalk are projected. Actions (the movement of pedestrians and transport) call the cascade of sounds, describing events as music.

From Here to Ear[edit]

In "From Here to Ear" (1999), the artist used pack of zebra finches and piano strings for acoustic structure creation form of which was defined with behavior of birds. In view of Cage's practice, Boursier-Mougenot's method lies first of all in transliterations of natural structure, aural identification of certain realities which are not seen for eyes.

Project essence presents the musician placing an electric guitar to the open-air cage with zebra finches[1] and writes down sounds made by birds when sitting down on an electric guitar and going on strings (in one of the videos there is the bird touched a string with a branch in a beak).[2] "Concert" with amadin in which about 40 birds were involved, was shown in one of the exhibition halls of London (Barbican Centre),[3] and before – in Galerie Xippas (Paris) and Lentos Kunstmuseum (Linz, Austria).[4] Attempt to make similar performance of birds on percussion instruments was less successful. Work caused considerable interest of mass media.

Personal exhibitions[edit]

  • 2010 Barbican artgallery, The Curve, London
  • 2010 No vinyl any more, la Maison Rouge, Antoine de Galbert Foundation, Paris
  • 2009—2010 videodrones (version 6), Musée Chagall, Nice
  • 2009 World Financial Center, for the New-York Electronic Festival, New York
  • 2009 duplex, Cour Louis XIV, Musée Carnavalet, for the Nuit Blanche event, Paris
  • 2009 Variation, Pinacoteca, São Paulo
  • 2009 index, virus, solidvideo, détail, Paula Cooper gallery, New York
  • 2008–09 index, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre Dramatique National
  • 2008 from here to ear, recycle, zombiedrones, Galerie Xippas, Paris
  • 2006 harmonichaos & flamByframe, Paula Cooper gallery, New York
  • 2006 états seconds, Le Collège/ F.R.A.C Champagne-Ardenne, Reims
  • 2004 untitled (series IV), Le Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg, Strasbourg
  • 2003 untitled (Series III), "Cerca Series – Céleste Boursier-Mougenot" Museum of Modern Art, San Diego
  • 2002 videodrones & harmonichaos, Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire
  • 2001 untitled (series III), Rice University Art Gallery, Houston
  • 2001 videodrones, Synagogue of Delme, Delme
  • 2001 untitled (series III), Trinitaires church, F.R.A.C Lorraine, Metz
  • 2001 untitled (series III), Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya
  • 2001 videodrones, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
  • 2000 from here to ear & untitled (Series III), Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
  • 2000 harmonichaos, Genêteil chapel, Gauntie Castle
  • 1999 untitled (series II), Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
  • 1997 untitled (series I), Musée de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
  • 1996 cadre & cut-up, Galerie chez Valentin, Paris


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