Poème Mécanique – A subtle and cascading sound sculpture encircles Montréal

Created by Copenhagen-based artist and researcher Tobias Ebsen, Poème Mécanique is an electromechanical sound sculpture in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, a public walkway connecting the Place-des-Arts metro and Complexe Desjardins in Montréal. Utilizing a continuous ring of 840 flip-dot mirror disks and defining a 4.2 metre circular space the piece offers a subtle sonic counterpoint to the din of a (generally) bustling public thoroughfare. Developed as part of the broader “Common Space?” initiative (a partnership between MUTEK, Quartier des spectacles, and the National Film Board), the piece is one of eight media art installations presently installed at a variety of public and semi-public spaces throughout Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal.

Tobias Epsen, Poème Mécanique

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