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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

This winter, French contemporary artist and composer Céleste Boursier-Mougenot will present his monumental installation from here to ear in one of the industrial exhibition halls at Copenhagen Contemporary (CC).

Boursier-Mougenot has won worldwide recognition with his vast, acoustic installations that take their starting point in nature and the rhythms of everyday life – two aspects that are also evident in the work now about to be shown at CC.

A 600-m2 hall will be transformed into a giant walk-through aviary where 88 living zebra finches will live. The aviary is equipped with sand, plants and nesting places – and, very importantly, with eighteen bass guitars and electric guitars arranged horizontally on stands. Audiences are invited to walk around inside this living installation, watching as the birds flit around and perch on the stings of the instruments as if they were cables suspended between city roofs or branches in a forest. The song of the finches and the random sounds created as they perch on the electric instruments fill the space. The exhibition hall is transformed into a concert hall as the bird’s activities give rise to experimental ambient music that intensifies and changes in accordance with the dynamics between exhibition visitors and the finches. Like a permanent warm-up to a rock concert, without beginning or end, suspending time.

from here to ear offers an immersive experience where all senses are activated and challenged. As one of Boursier-Mougenot’s major masterpieces, the work has been shown in various versions in art institutions across the world – always adapted to each specific site.