Saint-Ouen-L’Aumône, France

Dominique Petitgand

Abbaye de Maubuisson

Each of Dominique Petitgand’s sound installations begins with a drawing, a simple sketch in pen on paper that maps the placement of speakers and the space within which the visitor will experience the work. Although these rudimentary plans are never exhibited, they provide insight into Petitgand’s construction of the listener’s experience within a given situation. Describing his works as “filled with silence,” Petitgand seems most interested in the interstitial spaces between quiet and noise, the raw voice and the articulation of words—he focuses on the art of listening rather than simply the production of sound.

One of four new works presented in his recent exhibition “Quelqu’un est tombé” (Someone Has Fallen), Les ballons (The Balloons), 2006/2009, installed in the abbey’s barn, formerly a storage space for produce given as tithes, is a rare example of a work by Petitgand that doesn’t

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