Occupation: Automates Ki

Mar 24, 2007

Concert, Performance, Installation


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


This was the third and final performance of the Occupation concert series.
Maxime de la Rochefoucauld’s Automates Ki was a performance-installation of self-built “automatons,” mechanized acoustic sculptures that were able to create music once activated. The dozen or so automatons were spread across staggered platforms in the Grand Luxe Hall. They are a whimsical mix of recognizable musical instruments and an improvised assortment of bottles, thread spools, corks, and bits of metal.

In Automates Ki, de la Rochefoucauld performed with his mechanical orchestra by using ultra low frequency (inaudible) waves generated by an analogue synthesizer. He accompanied his creations with a piano, trumpet, and clarinet.

The performance concluded with a question and answer period. 

Video documentation available upon request.

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