Silent Echoes. Notre-Dame

  • Installation

  • June 8, through Sat 2 July 2022,
    11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Centre Pompidou, terrasse sud du Musée, niveau 5
    Access plan

  • Entry with a ticket "Museum and Exhibitions" from the Centre Pompidou

Sound artist, highly influenced by Cage's philosophy, the Californian artist Bill Fontana has imagined a sound sculpture which mirrors a highly symbolic place. Silent Echoes makes a hidden scene in Notre-Dame perceptible: the ten bells vibrate permanently. By means of seismic accelerometers—installed on these bells during an acoustic survey of the most famous building site in France—the acoustic image of the cathedral and the imprint of a city are revealed and projected elsewhere. A work to be experienced on the terrace of level 5 of the Centre Pompidou, facing the two towers of Notre-Dame.

Sound Sculpture - premiere 2022
Bill Fontana
Commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou
Curated by Marcella Lista, chief curator of the New Media Collection at the Musée national d'art moderne-Centre Pompidou

Bill Fontana Studio production. IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction. In partnership with the Établissement public chargé de la conservation et de la restauration de la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. With the support of Hottinger Bruel & Kjaer

© Bill Fontana
Bill Fontana à la Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
© Bill Fontana
Cloche de la Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
© Bill Fontana

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