Clinamen, Sound Installation by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Clinamen is an installation piece by French artist/composer Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. The name of the piece is a latin word used to describe the unpredictable swerve of atoms.

I’m not sure exactly where I saw this – possibly a random video on Facebook. But I was really taken by the design and the sound of the whole thing, and began looking deeper into the history of the installation.

I think it’s in its third iteration/version now, changing from place to place. The video above was taken at the National Gallery of Victoria, and I think it’s currently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Not all of modern art speaks to me. In fact, I’d say a very, very small percentage of things I’ve seen classified as modern art actually move me in any way. But the few that do keep me going back for more, and makes the process of weeding through a lot of the odd and baffling stuff worthwhile. Or, at the very least, tolerable.

I’d love to see/hear this in person.

Related:
Paris, Day 3: Modern Art at Centre Pompidou
A Vacation Day in Chicago: Visiting the MCA, Art Institute, and Wandering Downtown

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