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Courtesy of Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain
Adriana Varejão
The Great Animal Orchestra
Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain
Courtesy of Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain

Animal Talks: The Great Animal Orchestra

By Allison Merchant

July 13, 2016

Currently on display at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain is the work of international artists inspired by Bernie Krause, American musician and bioacoustician. “The Great Animal Orchestra” captures the arbitration on the animal kingdom both aurally and visually.

Mexican architects Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo directs the visual perspective of visitors through the glass open spaces of the Foundation Cartier with a scenography in terracotta brick that surrounds the garden. Combined with the foundation’s design by Jean Nouvel, this architectural arrangement symbolizes a symphonic orchestra.

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Curated by Hervé Chandès, the show includes works by Agnès Varda, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pierre Bodo, JP Mika, Moke, Cyprien Tokoudagba, and Manabu Miyazaki

A highlight of “The Great Animal Orchestra” is a drawing created by Cai Guo-Qiang displaying wild animals at the watering hole, a moment of serene moment of vulnerability. To create such an in-depth exposure, the artist juxtaposed violence against peaceful animals with the use of gunpowder as a medium. He drew the image with gunpowder and then lit it on fire to construct burn marks and smoke.

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Courtesy of Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain

More works included in the show hold different perceptions of wild life, like the Amazonian birds painted on a ceramic wall by Adriana Varejão. Or the three-dimensional electronic installation that transfers data from Krause’s recordings into light particles, commissioned by the English collective United Visual Artists (UVA).

The exhibition is on view now through January 2017 in Paris.

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Adriana VarejãoAgnès VardaBernie KrauseCai Guo-QiangCyprien TokoudagbaFondation Cartier pour l’art ContemporainGabriela CarrilloHervé ChandèsHiroshi SugimotoJean NouvelJP MikaManabu MiyazakiMauricio RochaMokePierre BodoThe Great Animal OrchestraUnited Visual Artists


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