Part of the 2012 Musiques en Scène biennale

For the first exhibition in the series of “provoked duos”, the Longitude exhibition associates the works of Thomas Léon (born in 1981, lives in Paris) and Guillaume Louot (born in 1976, lives in Saint-Étienne and Marseille) along a common investigation of the historical forms of modernity and of our relation to sonore, formal and spatial volumes.

In the first room, Thomas Léon presents Sans titre (Ghost tower), a sound sculpture inspired both by Kazimir Malevich’s architektones and the design of speakers. A black volume of solid wood leans on one side, like failed architecture. The audio material made of noises and electronic sounds presents an abstract account of the construction of the tower and its fall.

Guillaume Louot proposes a new version of his Peintures reportées, installations resulting from transfer operations and a combinative practice of the pictorial motif. For Longitude, he creates P.R.GT2, three mural paintings. Their drawings and their dimensions are based on one of the templates obtained from the volume of Sans Titre (Ghost tower) and their arrangements vary by the alternation of full and empty in the architecture of the site.Their black material also recalls the shapes of a Formalist painting. The dominant figure of Suprematism and the “less is more” formula of Mies van der Rohe are indeed tracks leading the artist to the various sites of painting in the space. This sum of formal declinations, limited to first-degree compositions (content / form), is also inspired by all-over painting and the neutrality of minimal art.
In the second room, DECA exposes the process of building the P.R.GT2 template.

Under the glass ceiling, Glass House (a Location film) is a video and sound installation by Thomas Léon, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s notes for a film he never made called Glass House. The video is an exploration of the architectural sources of Eisenstein’s project (glass architecture as expressionist as it is modernist) at the same time as their updating by the introduction of contemporary or prospective architectural elements.
The soundtrack is broadcast on five speakers made from recordings of a Baschet cristal. This instrument, developed in 1952, consists of chromatically tuned glass rods which are rubbed by the performer’s fingers. The amplification comes from fiberglass and steel resonators.

It presents itself like an acoustic landscape that resonates with the image, creating the sensation of moving about inside it, as if in an architectural structure.

Glass House (a Location film) is coproduced by Grame/Musiques en scène biennale, Taipei Digital Art Center de Taipei, ENSBA Lyon, la Muse en circuit, CNCM Alfortville, the city of Beauvais, Le Labo, ALE

lien :

Guillaume Louot (www.guillaumelouot.blogspot.com)

Thomas Léon (www.thomasleon.net)

Biennale Musiques en Scène - Grame (www.grame.fr/Biennale/2012)