Show : TimeWorld Night
Eric Michel started to learn music and painting at the age of nine through Martenot artistic education method. His works are regularly shown at museum, galleries and contemporary art events around the world. Since 2011 his large scale permanent lighting installation ‘Les Moulins de Lumière” is visible every evening until midnight in the skyline north of Paris on the neo-industrial site called “Les Grands Moulins de Pantin”. His monumental monochrome of light “Fluo Blue” has entered in 2011 the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art in Nice. In 2013 his exhibition “Passeur de Lumière” offered a dialogue with Le Corbusier’s architecture at La Tourette convent near Lyon and in 2014 he was invited to create a monumental lighting installation to surround Yves Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony at the Philharmony in Luxembourg. Following a path opened by Yves Klein, James Turrell and Dan Flavin, his work, and particularly his fluorescent neon installations and videos, creates a vibrating space, in search for immateriality.
What if we took Arnold Schoenberg for his word? ‘The transfigured night’ was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem. Wouldn’t it be more spectacular if we only had our ears to receive its beauty? After the poem being read in darkness, the audience would hear Schoenberg’s masterpiece in its sextet string version in the shade. This setting would allow the audience to experience the piece in a new way. A light projection will display dark colours to recreate a night atmosphere. The musicians will exist through their voice and the sound of their instruments. This experiment has never been made before because the six musicians will have to play by heart, with no partition or music stand. ‘The transfigured night’ was created between Germanic Romantism of the XIXth century’s and the modernism Shonenberg and its two disciples Berg and Webern established. Interpreted by Ana Millet, Juliette Salmona, Corentin Bordelot, David Haroutunian, Pauline Bartissol, Sarah Chanaf. Reading by Simon Abkarian.