Polyphonea / Prosthetic Spaces

By Informationlab.

Prosthetic Spaces is an is an interactive art installation produced by Ursula Lavrencic and Auke Touwslager.
Polyphonea at the Conversations Électriques At La Panacée, Montpellier.


Polyphonea / Prosthetic Spaces is an is an interactive art installation produced by Ursula Lavrencic and Auke Touwslager.

The installation was first exhibited at the new Art Center La Panacée (Montpellier, France) who commissioned the piece for its 25 by 25 meter open-air atrium.

Polyphonea is based on the idea of producing a unique performance space, where music can evolve through both space and time. It provides various acoustic volumes in such a way that the listener is able to experience the music very differently on the bases where he or she is positioned. The idea is that listeners move continuously. Here the movement of the body wakes up a different dimension in the physical process of listening.

The installation consists of a system of 32 speakers and 16 channel sound processors. The interface to the piece are two sound ponds, spherical dish-formed 1.2 meter diameter objects that are fitted with microphone and light. The installation has three levels, live professional performance, replayed recording and as an open podium.

Within the Polyphonea project italian composer Giovanni Bonato has been commissioned for a new musical piece, for which he wrote a suite for cello and male voices entitled “Portrait de dame”. Performed by Vokalna Akademija Ljubljana and conducted by Stojan Kuret. It premieres on June 22, 2013 as part of the opening of the new Art Center.

A recording of the piece will be replayed at chosen moments in day, in the mean while Polyphonea will be open to the visitors. They will be free to render it's spaces through their own voice.


Conversations Électriques
22 June till 15 December 2013


Giovanni Bonato's
Portait de dame
Suite for cello & male voices

Performed by
Vokalna Akademija Ljubljana

Conducted by
Stojan Kuret

Nika Švarc


Sound Field Engineer
Rok Prislan

Commissioned by

Art & Culture Contemporaine

The artists

Informationlab is a tag that identifies the collaborative efforts of an international group operating at the shifting intersection of art, science, technology & design.

Since 2004 Informationlab founders Auke Touwslager (NL) and Ursula Lavrencic (SLO) seen their efforts being adopted and appreciated by different fields and audiences. As a result their work found its way to an international art community and to science museums and galleries around the world. Most of the group collaboration is based on curiosity driven research which subsequently lead to a variety of (art)installations, publications, workshops and lectures.

La Panacée

Focusing on contemporary art, digital art and new forms of writing, La Panacée is a cross-disciplinary venue that fosters innovative art forms, creation, research and experimentation, through exhibits and residencies.

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