Céleste Boursier-Mougenot / France b.1961 / from here to ear (v.13) 2010 / Five octagonal structures (each made in maple and plywood), harpsichord strings piano tuning pins, audio system (contact microphones, amplifiers, guitar processors and speakers), coat hangers, feeding trays and bowls, seeds, water, nests, sand and grass / 400 x 1978 x 1852.1cm (installed, variable) / Purchased 2011. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

From here to ear (v.13) 2010

Not Currently on Display

From here to ear (v.13) orchestrates a space for listening and experiencing. Instruments have been constructed and tuned to create an environment for the finches, in which they can feed, fly, rest and make music. Rather than ‘participation’ on the part of the viewer, the artist is particularly interested in the quality of human attention that arises through experiencing the installation.

Four species of Australian finches inhabit the art work: the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), black-throated finch (Poephila cincta), and the crimson finch (Neochmia phaeton).

The artwork has been generously supported by the Queensland Finch Society, an internationally affiliated aviculture organisation actively involved in bird conservation programs. The finches are cared for by volunteers from the Queensland Finch Society and Gallery staff.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot is a French artist and composer who creates large-scale acoustic installations and environments that draw on the forces of nature and rhythms of everyday life to produce art and music.

Born in 1961 in Nice, Boursier-Mougenot started out as a musician and composer before branching out into theatre, set design and lighting.

In 1999, he debuted an artwork at New York’s PS1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1) as part of its National and International Studio Program, which established his approach; that of a kind of ‘accidental’ composer.

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