26 February –19 March 2017
Strandgut und Blumen (Flotsam, Jetsam and Flowers) is what the Swiss artist and director Dimitri de Perrot calls his sound installation, which will be on view at the Museum Tinguely from 26 February to 19 March 2017. Set up amid the current exhibition, it forms an installation that enters into a musical dialogue with its surroundings. Noises, reverberations and overtones combine to form soundscapes that populate the room with new protagonists and coalesce in a total composition in which Tinguely’s Méta-Harmonies also play a part.
The stage of Strandgut und Blumen, which visitors to the museum are welcome to enter and explore, is a collage pieced together out of elements recycled from previous exhibition projects of Museum Tinguely. Growing out of these like flowers are the spherical loudspeakers that repeatedly smother this island landscape in a blanket of sound. The initial spark for the installation was supplied by Myousic, a stage play that since June 2016 has been touring theatres in Europe. In it, de Perrot plays with the unfulfilled expectations of an audience attending an unusual “radio play”, in which they, too, become actors, solely by virtue of their presence. A most unusual piece, it manages entirely without real actors and tells its story through listening alone.
Dimitri de Perrot (b. 1976) is a Swiss sound artist, director and scenographer. On leaving school, he became a self-taught party DJ and then a musician and composer. He turned to theatre in 1998, becoming both a director and set designer. He has worked extensively with dancers and circus artists, staged interdisciplinary theatre and music projects and composed music for both film and theatre. He is the co-founder and artistic co-director of the internationally acclaimed duo Zimmermann & de Perrot. His works direct audiences’ attention to the seemingly insignificant and trivial; thus he challenges established notions and opens up new ways of seeing familiar, everyday things.