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CHIMÈRES ORCHESTRA at HACK THE CITY

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Published on Jul 16, 2012

Exhibit at HACK THE CITY: TAKE CONTROL at SCIENCE GALLERY, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2012

CHIMÈRES ORCHESTRA
by
JÉRÔME ABEL (FR)

Our cities are made up of materials, surfaces and textures which vibrate and produce possibilities for aesthetic and musical intervention. What would happen if we could play these surfaces and hear their shapes and sounds? What if across our cities musical robots played upon these surfaces, turning the city into a live automatic orchestra?

Shaped like insects, Chimères Orchestra is a robotic sound installation, which is attached to metallic structures around the city. As a group, these robotic instruments form a tribe or family, and when organised together play rhythms using their spidery arms. Their sounds resonate through space, calling to passers-by, disrupting their rhythm and walk; they invite us to hit, play and explore the physicality of our urban surfaces.

Made possible by Temple Bar Cultural Trust.

BIO: Jérôme Abel is an artist and computer developer who specialises in creating public and interactive sound installations. In 2004 he co-founded the Impala Utopia artist collective, with whom he has presented work at various digital arts festivals. He teaches across various media labs in France and Africa on free and open source tools including Pure Data and Arduino.

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