Thierry Raspail, the Lyon Biennale’s artistic director, has invited Emma Lavigne, director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France, to curate the second volume of the trilogy devoted to modernity. The 2017 edition of the Biennale de Lyon reinterprets the term “modern," setting it in the context of a fluid and extended modernity. The Lyon Biennale also features platforms, associated exhibitions, workshops, and a reception-theory lab.
 

Doug Aitken's work focuses on landscape-related issues. Using refined technological devices, he operates and enters into dialogue with natural phenomena. Whether they are film works or sound installations, his various projects, which are often large-scale, come from careful observation of the locations he chooses: "What fascinates me is the process: starting from a given place without knowing what it is going to come out of it."

 

Sonic Fountain is a crater dug out of the floor and filled with milky white liquid, above which nine taps, arranged in a grid, drip according to a precisely written score. In the water, microphones record the sound of the water dripping, and broadcast it direct into the space, as for a concert. As the artist has explained, Sonic Fountain "is a deliberately abstract work that lays the architecture bare to reveal its rhythm, its tempo and its language."

 

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