Patrick Jouin lives and works in Paris. With a degree in Industrial Design at the ENSCI, he followed Philippe Starck’s classes before setting up his own agency in 1999. Since then, he is particularly well known for the prototype of a low-grade car for Renault as well as for numerous collaborations with Chef Alain Ducasse (dinner service, design of the bar and restaurant of the Plaza Athénée in Paris). An eclectic man of all trades, Patrick Jouin admits to practising a job difficult to define. A job that after long years of orthodox practice, now revives a certain confusion of disciplines. Sensitive to sound and light, situated between design, architecture and scenography, he has created for the curators of Audiolab, a mobile, open structure, notably for the space of a museum, which brings together for the spectator and visitor, physical comfort and listening comfort. An enigmatic object at first glance, this module has been particularly conceived to allow for the immersed and spacialized listening of sound works.
ALEJANDRA & AERON (ALEJANDRA SALINAS & AERON BERGMAN) Pueblos Asolados. Underwater Villages (Somewhere Between Superscription And Depopulation.)
Spanish/American sound artist duo, working and living in Barcelona. Alejandra & Aeron have been working seriously with sound for several years already in the form of installations, environments or CDs, published under their label Lucky Kitchen. Their work Pueblos Asolados. Underwater villages follows one of their discs Ruinas Encantadas inspired by a legend telling of a village swallowed up by water. Between ghost documentary and musical composition, this sound piece includes electronic sounds but principally site recordings, later reworked in their home studio. «We find sounds from moments in our life and then an overwhelming urge compels us to shine and share our little jewels with anyone who has the time or patience to understand.. We like to call our work “Electric Folk Music”.»
RADIOMENTALE (JEAN-YVES LELOUP & ÉRIC PAJOT) Thousands Of Records (Walking Tree Mix)
French sound artists and DJ duo, living and working in Paris. Thousands Of Records is based on a game of opposition between natural sounds reworked in home studio (recorded in the Indian jungle, and also in the Paris urban area), and the voice of the author and English musician, David Toop. His words (cut up into fragments) bear witness to the character’s troubles, faced with the multitude of discs and sounds now available. His confessions reveal a disorientated man, preferring silence and attentive listening of the surrounding world to any other forms of sound or music.
RUPERT HUBER A Movement In The Waiting Room
Austrian artist and musician, living in Vienna, Rupert Huber has already made several sound works and installations in Germany and Austria. However he owes his notoriety above all to his work as part of duo Tosca where, alongside Richard Dorfmeister, he is already the author of three notable albums. A climatic piece, Rupert Huber’s A Movement In The Waiting Room mixes site recordings and electronic treatments. The Viennese artist is interested in the different mutations of the senses and the envelope of sounds as well as their textures and structures. He describes his sound work as a play on the polyphony of perceptions. This piece is based on the careful observation of an everyday scene in the middle of the Berlin airport.
MONOLAKE (ROBERT HENKE) Idle_time
German musician, living and working in Berlin. Born from the prolific Berlin techno movement, Monolake now forms the missing link between the techno generation and electroacoustic experiments. Idle time uses as base material, the recording of background noise in Robert Henke’s studio, the different frequencies and sonorities let out by his machines, and the atmospheric climate of the room. These sounds were then edited and reworked with the help of the computer programme Max/MSP. Idle time can also adapt to the parasite and peripheral sounds that the listener may hear from the Audiolab module.
HENRIK PLENGE JAKOBSEN Plasmatic Prisms
Danish artist, living and working in Copenhagen. In Plasmatic Prisms, Jakobsen choose to concentrate on a very low-fi technology, using organ sounds. «I perceive the organ as the first step in the development of a computer that deals with sound» he says. Plasmatic Prisms is a collage for organ which consists of sound and noise experiments for organ. The piece is developed together with organist Jakob Lorentzen, chief organist at Holmens Church, Copenhagen.
VLADISLAV DELAY Stand-Alone
Finnish artist, living and working in Berlin, Vladislav Delay has been recording minimal techno for such labels as Finnish Huume and German Max Ernst & Freunde and Chain Reaction. He has also published records with such aliases as Luomo and Uusitalo. He likes to describe this piece as an «audio architecture» inside which the audiolab audience can submerge itself. The piece can in fact be perceived as a musical composition, voluntarily abstract and deconstructed, in the form of a work-in-progress, playing with the fragmentary perception of the listener.