Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

New commission for The Curve

27 February 2010 - 23 May 2010
The Curve

Free admission
Times: Open daily 11am-8pm
Open late every Thu until 10pm

Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.

One of YouTube's most watched clips of the month -
Over 600,000 hits in just 4 weeks

 This gateway installation is as uplifting as it is entertaining - Time Out

"An 5* aviary…a nice place for a small bird to be.” Kirsty Lang, BBC Radio 4

"An immersive exploration of nature, music and the haphazard."

"It turns out these birds can rock – one even goes all Jimmy Page with a twig"

© Extracts from Ariane Michel's film, Les Oiseaux de Céleste. Copyright Galerie Xippas, Ariane Michel and Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, 2008

Due to limited space, the installation only permits 25 visitors at a time. Please be advised the average queueing time is approx 2 hrs and visitors arriving later than 6pm may not be admitted. 

Live Guiding
We are now offering a live guide service for visually impaired people. For more information and to book please contact access@barbican.org.uk or call 020 7382 2382.

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This event is part of:
Barbican Lates Night: 15 May

Barbican Art Gallery in London presents major exhibitions by leading international figures in the heart of the City of London


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