“The Reverb of Birds”: A Review of CÉLESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT’S FROM HERE TO EAR V.19 at Musée des Beaux Arts 24 February – 27 March 2016
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Set up like a sort of “moon room” or like an extra-terrestrial polished art installation piece in the California desert, CÉLESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT’s FROM HERE TO EAR V.19 may first incite a sense of wide open space, a sense of an open- system in the viewers. When one enters, one might also then be struck by the elegance, pleasant colour palates, and the very novelty of the minimally organized room, set up with a bevy of guitars on free-stands being “played” through the fortunate strokes of serendipity by the heavenly birds flying around the room. The birds land on the strings of the various guitars and the soundscape continues to build ad finitum. It all assumes a kind of hanging gardens of babylon feel – something we have never seen, something almost fictional we are not just staring at but also part of, and something like a sort of secular sanctuary or temple. An urban musical sanctuary for birds.