We just had to share the fact that Céleste is in the house!That’s Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, the French artist who is bringing us our next exhibition and the next in the FreePort Series. This sonic installation marries the unlikely combination of birds and guitars. We caught up with him checking the tuning of each of the 10 Gibson Les Paul and four Thunderbird bass guitars that will be on view in FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot when it opens to the public on January 18. We got to hear one of the first significant sounds in the gallery as he flipped on an amp and it emitted a slight hissy white noise, setting the perfect negative soundscape before tomorrow’s chirps and tweets begin.
Tomorrow morning, we will celebrate the introduction of 70 brightly plumed Zebra Finches to the 2,000 square foot aviary that our exhibition design team has been working on since before the holidays. It’s important to have the guitars already in place — with their nearby cymbals full of food — so that the birds can start getting used to them right away.
We are counting the days until the public will have the chance to experience this immersive installation and the opportunity to think about the way we perceive, create and interact with music.
Just getting to know the work of Boursier-Mougenot? Take a look at this story from a few years ago in The Guardian, which claims that through his “sonic adventures” the Paris-based artist “can find musical potential in just about anything,” including getting vacuum cleaners to play harmonicas.
We look forward to the moment the birds acclimate to their environment and begin to perch, eat, nest and do what birds naturally do, all the while making organic, original music for us to enjoy.