'Playing' the nave
The visitor entering the Hôtel-Dieu nave is at once grasped by the beauty of the place, by its calming light, but also by its acoustics, its resonance, long, clear and hardly blurred; it is possible to talk to someone else very distinctly from a distance. This acoustic footprint, also calming, grasped me when I first visited the place. The sound signature of the building remains the first memory I keep about it. My first reaction therefore was the organist's one as I used to play this instrument a long time ago: how could I 'play' the Hôtel-Dieu nave? The commission of this sound installation put me in the situation of an organ specialist dreaming of a new instrument for the place, by imagining its registers: which instrument could I design for the 'nave'?
I invite you to an active immersion in sound and in that wonderful place. There are many relationships with the immersion into coloured fields that proposes Caroline Coppey in her exhibition Résonance de la couleur presented at the same time at the Pharmacie.