Artificiel (Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos, Julien Roy) & Pascale Malaterre.

Beyond6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding powerful amplifiers processed audio signals, it is possible to bring the coil of large (1000W) light bulbs in an excited state, producing an acoustic, audible vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters. Sometimes emitting understandable whispers, other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs are telling their story in five moments.

This installation is a derivation of the condemned_bulbs (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, we were interested in pushing the sound work in order to bring in a more meditative, introvert, almost tactile setting. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but the sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful, intimate visual resonance.

Created in Montréal in December 2004 by Artificiel, with the collaboration of Pascale Malaterre as writer and narrator of the texts.

Artificiel (Canada) is an artistic group based in Montreal, made up of Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos and Julien Roy. Their research and creation in the fields of installation and performance relates to the connectivity aspects of new media and digital art. Their work has been presented internationally at festivals and museums such as the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Sónar festival in Barcelona and Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (where the installation Condemned_bulbes was awarded an honorary mention in the digital musics 2005 competition).

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