The Birds of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: A Film by Ariane Michel

March 3-August 27, 2017

Ariane Michel filming Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's installation from here to ear for the film The Birds of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, 2008. Courtesy of the artists and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

French artist and composer Céleste Boursier-Mougenot works across disciplines and media to produce large-scale, immersive sound installations. His use of everyday objects within these environments results in non-traditional compositions defined by chance encounters and complex acoustic patterns.

This exhibition features a video of Boursier-Mougenot’s ongoing project, from here to ear (1999–present). Filmed in collaboration with artist Ariane Michel, the video documents Boursier-Mougenot’s transformation of a gallery space into an aviary furnished with electric Gibson guitars, basses, and amplifiers. Throughout, zebra finches perch, peck, and pluck on various instruments and musical equipment to create a living and improvisational soundscape.

About the Artists

Born in Nice, France in 1961, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot studied at the Conservatory for Music, Nice. An artist, composer, and musician, Boursier-Mougenot has been featured in solo exhibitions at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Canada (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015); Centre Pompidou-Metz, France (2015); Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem, MA (2014); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2013); Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2003); and Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX (2001). In 2015, he represented France at the 56th Venice Biennale, Italy, and has been included in other group exhibitions at numerous institutions, such as Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2016); The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (2012); Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL (2012); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2009); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2008). The artist lives and works in Sète, France, and is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery.

Born in Paris, France in 1973, Ariane Michel studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France. Her video work has been featured in institutions such as FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France and Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as in film festivals around the world, namely Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland; International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Marseille Festival of Documentary Film. The artist lives and works in Paris, France.

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