Villeurbanne

Laurent Montaron

Institut d’Art Contemporain

Laurent Montaron expands the cinematic space of his films into the real space of the gallery, treating light and sound as malleable physical materials. His audio installation Untitled (D’Après la Sonosphère d’Elipson) (After the Sonosphere of Elipson), 2006, a six-track recording of the string section of the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse tuning their instruments to the sine wave of a telephone dial tone, pours from a dodecahedral speaker suspended from the middle of the ceiling. A ten-minute recording continually loops, filling the space as if to model its contours with pulsing sound waves. Immediately following Sonosphere, Montaron steeps a small adjacent gallery in the blue neon light of Rounded with a Sleep, 2006—the title a quote from The Tempest. The icy hue—a precise shade that renders one’s veins nearly invisible—is similar to the lighting used in some German train stations to

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