Like a gigantic snake without a head or tail, made up of air chambers and activated by internal engines, a long, elastic tube creeps along in undulating movements. Manipulated by four guard-like figures wearing mysterious masks, it writhes around while producing sounds and noises. Again and again, the creature seems to want to free itself from this disturbing state of being. πTon is an interactive installation, a kind of serpent ritual of the high-tech era, in which kinetic movement and polyphonic expression are merged into an accoustic and visual sculpture.
Since 1999, the brothers André and Michel Décosterd – a.k.a. Cod.Act – have been producing complex and functional devices that translate physical movement into sound phenomena. As musicians, composers and sound sculptors, architects, sculptors and machine inventors, they jointly develop performances and interactive installations for public spaces that reflect on sound and movement and the possible ways in which they can interact.
Composition, Construction, Cast: André Décosterd, Michel Décosterd · Photo: Xavier Voirol
Kindly supported by Waschhaus Potsdam
Supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council