Exhibition - bavilliers




The work Frequencies (a/friction) on loan from the Espace Gantner is part of a series of installations and performances by Nicolas Bernier created around the phenomenon of sound frequency and the pure sounds emitted by tuning forks, among other things. On a light table is an old oscillator with a fixed frequency of 476 Hz connected to a speaker, as well as a tuning fork with a frequency of 480 Hz. When the tuning fork is struck randomly by a solenoid, an acoustic beating effect appears. The listener then discovers the friction between these two oscillations, between electronics and acoustics, and between the different periods in the history of sound research. This piece is a double homage to the composer and sound artist Alvin Lucier who worked intensively with oscillators, and to the physicist Hermann Von Helmholtz who used tuning forks for sound analysis and who was among the first to theorise about beat patterns between frequencies.

Opening hours

Tuesday from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Wednesday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6.30pm
Friday from 10am to 12pm and from 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Saturday from 10am to 12pm

From 01/06/2023 to 30/06/2023


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