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Internationally acclaimed artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large-scale acoustic environments. In his newest installation, from here to ear, Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-through aviary populated with 70 brightly colored zebra finches and iconic Gibson Les Paul and Thunderbird bass guitars in which visitors become part of the evolving performance. As the birds alight on the specially tuned guitars—their movements influenced by interactions with each other and the visitors—they create a constantly changing harmonic soundscape that is at times ambient and melodic.

Trained as a composer, Boursier-Mougenot's installation draws on the long history of experimental methods and chance composition in modern music. From here to ear attunes us to the rhythms and vibrations of everyday life, and asks us to consider the way we perceive, create and interact with music while challenging the notions of artistic collaboration.

Boursier-Mougenot has a profound interest in creating music that cannot be played by people. From here to ear at PEM is the latest in a series of installations since 1999 in which he has worked with birds, using their behaviors and interactions with people to create immersive sonic environments. In other installations, he has made music by amplifying the sounds of porcelain bowls colliding in a pool of water, bees working in a hive, and harmonicas being played by vacuum cleaners. From here to ear is Boursier-Mougenot's largest installation in the United States to date.

Boursier-Mougenot was born in 1961 in Nice, France. He lives and works in Sète, France.

Internationally acclaimed Céleste Boursier-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large-scale acoustic environments. In his newest installation, from here to ear, Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-through aviary populated with 70 brightly colored zebra finches and iconic Gibson Les Paul and Thunderbird bass guitars in which visitors become part of the evolving performance. As the birds alight on the specially tuned guitars—their movements influenced by interactions with each other and the visitors—they create a constantly changing harmonic soundscape that is at times ambient and melodic.

Trained as a composer, Boursier-Mougenot's installation draws on the long history of experimental methods and chance composition in modern music. From here to ear attunes us to the rhythms and vibrations of everyday life, and asks us to consider the way we perceive, create and interact with music while challenging the notions of artistic collaboration.

Boursier-Mougenot has a profound interest in creating music that cannot be played by people. From here to ear at PEM is the latest in a series of installations since 1999 in which he has worked with birds, using their behaviors and interactions with people to create immersive sonic environments. In other installations, he has made music by amplifying the sounds of porcelain bowls colliding in a pool of water, bees working in a hive, and harmonicas being played by vacuum cleaners. From here to ear is Boursier-Mougenot's largest installation in the United States to date.

Boursier-Mougenot was born in 1961 in Nice, France. He lives and works in Sète, France.