Inordinately magnified insects which come to life and produce sounds … Familistère de Guise, in the Aisne, shelters an improbable bestaire. Exhibition Anima (ex) Musica, which was to be inaugurated on February 17, offers to discover giant reproductions of small critters. The world of the infinitely small becomes accessible thanks to the magic of a poetic universe.
The insects were made from instruments that ended their musical career but not artistic. “These are instruments recovered from individuals, from music schools. Generally, these are donations from people affected by the project who want to give new life to their instruments which are no longer used”, explains Maxime Dequeker, in charge of audiences at the Familistère.
The exhibition offers astonishing achievements. Like this centipede which took 11 months of work. It was created from keys of three upright pianos, two grand pianos and an accordion. We owe these works to artists in residence at the Familistère. One of them, Mathieu Desailly, describes a huge stick insect.
“There are cello, viola and violin keys for the inside of the legs. We are going to have on the end of the legs, harmonium elements. For its antennae, we have accordion elements and guitar. The game is to use whatever it is possible to do and whatever the instrument gives us “.
Each time we try to find something in the instrument that reminds us of an insectVincent Gadras, scenographer
The visual artist is not at his first attempt. For 8 years, he has been creating with Vincent Gadras, scenographer, a giant insect by place of residence throughout France. For the Familistère, they chose … a chip.
“The world of a chip and that of a guitar do not often intersect. This is the artistic objective of the project, to be in a dreamlike dimension”, specifies Mathieu Desailly. A poetic dimension too, which transforms these insects into sound and animated creatures.
The utopian bestiary of Anima (ex) Musica is now waiting for the public. Before May 26, the scheduled closing date of the exhibition.