ZAHRA  POONAWALA

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With The Fool’s Ballad, Zahra Poonawala gives a new opportunity to travel both inside and in the company of a sound. This installation is a continuation of previous works which already presented sound not as an impenetrable surface but as a volume to be traveled in. These works, like TUTTI, were also based on a dialogue between spectator and sounds/objects. The result was a heightened awareness of the plasticity of sound, of its living character. In The Fool’s Ballad, the sound configurations evolve according to the physical relationships between the viewer and the sculpture. At the approach of the spectator, a ceramic loudspeaker comes alive and emits a song, that of a soprano, while at the same time rotating along with the visitor’s movements. By approaching or moving away, the spectator modifies the song: the soprano is «influenced», becoming sometimes shy, sometimes inhabited, revealing a palette of nuances and different regional accents. The composition of this ballad was given to Gaëtan Gromer. The classic lied of origin is revealed under unsuspected facets.

 

Stéphane Valdenaire

 

Composition: Gaëtan Gromer / Soprano: Juliette de Massy / Sound Ingeneer Studio: Benjamin Moreau / Poems: Feliz Molina / Poem Adaptation: Zahra Poonawala / Programming and Tracking: David Lemaréchal / Robotics and Construction: Jean-Marc Delannoy  / Music Programming: Gaëtan Gromer / Ceramic supervision: Solène Dumas and Artelineha

 

Created with the support of the DRAC Grand Est (French Regional Cultural Affairs of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine) and of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

 

 

THE FOOL'S BALLAD

interactive sound installation

2016

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  • HEK, Basel, Switzerland, June - August 2017
  • Résonances Electriques, Shadok, Strasbourg, Novembre 2016

contact@zahrapoonawala.org

With The Fool’s Ballad, Zahra Poonawala gives a new opportunity to travel both inside and in the company of a sound. This installation is a continuation of previous works which already presented sound not as an impenetrable surface but as a volume to be traveled in. These works, like TUTTI, were also based on a dialogue between spectator and sounds/objects. The result was a heightened awareness of the plasticity of sound, of its living character. In The Fool’s Ballad, the sound configurations evolve according to the physical relationships between the viewer and the sculpture. At the approach of the spectator, a ceramic loudspeaker comes alive and emits a song, that of a soprano, while at the same time rotating along with the visitor’s movements. By approaching or moving away, the spectator modifies the song: the soprano is «influenced», becoming sometimes shy, sometimes inhabited, revealing a palette of nuances and different regional accents. The composition of this ballad was given to Gaëtan Gromer. The classic lied of origin is revealed under unsuspected facets.

 

Stéphane Valdenaire

 

Composition: Gaëtan Gromer / Soprano: Juliette de Massy / Sound Ingeneer Studio: Benjamin Moreau / Poems: Feliz Molina / Poem Adaptation: Zahra Poonawala / Programming and Tracking: David Lemaréchal / Robotics and Construction: Jean-Marc Delannoy  / Music Programming: Gaëtan Gromer / Ceramic supervision: Solène Dumas and Artelineha

 

Created with the support of the DRAC Grand Est  (French Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine) and of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

 

 

THE FOOL'S BALLAD

interactive sound installation

2016

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With The Fool’s Ballad, Zahra Poonawala gives a new opportunity to travel both inside and in the company of a sound. This installation is a continuation of previous works which already presented sound not as an impenetrable surface but as a volume to be traveled in. These works, like TUTTI, were also based on a dialogue between spectator and sounds/objects. The result was a heightened awareness of the plasticity of sound, of its living character. In The Fool’s Ballad, the sound configurations evolve according to the physical relationships between the viewer and the sculpture. At the approach of the spectator, a ceramic loudspeaker comes alive and emits a song, that of a soprano, while at the same time rotating along with the visitor’s movements. By approaching or moving away, the spectator modifies the song: the soprano is «influenced», becoming sometimes shy, sometimes inhabited, revealing a palette of nuances and different regional accents. The composition of this ballad was given to Gaëtan Gromer. The classic lied of origin is revealed under unsuspected facets.

 

Stéphane Valdenaire

 

Composition: Gaëtan Gromer / Soprano: Juliette de Massy / Sound Ingeneer Studio: Benjamin Moreau / Poems: Feliz Molina / Poem Adaptation: Zahra Poonawala / Programming and Tracking: David Lemaréchal / Robotics and Construction: Jean-Marc Delannoy  / Music Programming: Gaëtan Gromer / Ceramic supervision: Solène Dumas and Artelineha

 

Created with the support of the DRAC Grand Est (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine) and of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

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2016

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ZAHRA POONAWALA
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2016

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With The Fool’s Ballad, Zahra Poonawala gives a new opportunity to travel both inside and in the company of a sound. This installation is a continuation of previous works which already presented sound not as an impenetrable surface but as a volume to be traveled in. These works, like TUTTI, were also based on a dialogue between spectator and sounds/objects. The result was a heightened awareness of the plasticity of sound, of its living character. In The Fool’s Ballad, the sound configurations evolve according to the physical relationships between the viewer and the sculpture. At the approach of the spectator, a ceramic loudspeaker comes alive and emits a song, that of a soprano, while at the same time rotating along with the visitor’s movements. By approaching or moving away, the spectator modifies the song: the soprano is «influenced», becoming sometimes shy, sometimes inhabited, revealing a palette of nuances and different regional accents. The composition of this ballad was given to Gaëtan Gromer. The classic lied of origin is revealed under unsuspected facets.

 

Stéphane Valdenaire

 

Composition: Gaëtan Gromer / Soprano: Juliette de Massy / Sound Ingeneer Studio: Benjamin Moreau / Poems: Feliz Molina / Poem Adaptation: Zahra Poonawala / Programming and Tracking: David Lemaréchal / Robotics and Construction: Jean-Marc Delannoy  / Music Programming: Gaëtan Gromer / Ceramic supervision: Solène Dumas and Artelineha

 

Created with the support of the DRAC ACAL (Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine) and of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

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