Pierre Bastien (FR) Quiet Motors

Tuesday 02.05.2017.

  • 21:00 Pierre Bastien, Franz Hautzinger & Alen Sinkauz @ Theatre &TD - semicircular hall, impro session

Wednesday 03.05.2017.

  • 21:30 Pierre Bastien: Quiet Motors @ Theatre &TD - semicircular hall, performance

As a part of the fifth edition of Showroom of Contemporary Sound festival, Music Showroom SC and Mochvara Gallery are presenting French artist Pierre Bastien. At the semicircular hall of the Theatre &TD, Bastien will perform for two days: an impro session with musicians Franz Hautzinger and Alen Sinkauz will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at 9:00 pm while his solo performance ‘’Quiet Motors’’ is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:30 pm.

The framework of the performance ‘’Quiet Motors’’ is a colorful, rhythmical machinery whose visual and auditive elements completely occupy the visitor’s senses. Only seemingly simple, Bastien’s constructions out of Meccano material hide complexity in details committed to the accuracy of each performance. Hand-made electromotors and paper instruments are the main components of the machine. Their alternate and unsynchronized movements are gradually building up the sound composition making it unique every time. Paper straps are flowing under varying air stream intensity, creating sound by touching the membrane in unpredictable intervals. As described by Pierre Bastien, the visitor becomes the explorer – by listening and watching, he discovers versatile sound dimensions, as if he was walking inside the composition.

co-production: Culture of Change SC, KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis, Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club
Mochvara Gallery media partners: Transmeet.tv, Vizkultura, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student, ZiherMochvara Gallery is supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb, Kultura Nova Foundation

Pierre Bastien (FR)

Pierre Bastien, born in 1953, is a French sound artist and composer who articulates his work around delicate mechanical sound sculptures inspired by music, avant-garde and literature. He creates his machines out of Meccano materials. Bastien is an internationally recognized artist who performed in several well-known institutions such as Barbican Center, Centre Georges Pompidou, Fondation Cartier and exhibited his sound installations in many museums and galleries from MAST in Bologna to Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta in St. Petersburg. His piece Somewhere in the Dark is a part of the Stedelijk museum collection in Amsterdam.


Student Centre (Zagreb)