Thuistezien 251 — 30.04.2021
Sébastien Robert is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual art, sound art and technology, driven by scientific and ethnographic research. In normal circumstances, the work of Sébastien takes root on the ground, with extensive sonic explorations of remote places captured through field recordings and later processed through modular synthesis: visual landscapes translated sonically.
Recently, Sébastien has been interested in reversing that process by studying the intrinsic properties of his modular system by implementing composition techniques as described by Curtis Roads’ in his book Microsound. An analogue X-Y plotter sensitive to frequencies and panning shifts draws in return abstract imaginative cartographies: (micro) sonic landscapes translated visually.
Through this process, Sébastien is looking to create a stochastic yet subtle dialogue between sound and drawing while bringing different physical and time based scales to our perception. Sonic Cartographies for Plotters #1, an original piece made for the series No View, The Radio, is the first outcome of an ongoing series of experiments that Sébastien intends to publish through various formats in the coming months.
About the series: No View, The Radio
The arts are taking a break. Theaters, museums, concert halls and galleries are closed. To a large extent, the art that is so desperately needed right now is inaccessible. Imagine being quarantined at home without films, without books, without music.
Though we may not access the art, we can still think about it. The enforced rupture of this isolation can also be an opportune moment to reflect on and from, the arts. Every Friday for the upcoming weeks we will showcase original musical works by different artists, selected by Alex Andropoulos.