Hierophantes was created in 2008 by Annwyn (Yves-Marie L’Hour) and Baldm (Benoit Meudic) with the aim of exploring the relationship between sound and image in the fields of composition and artistic research, with the help of digital synthesis technologies. Created Works take the form of installations and multimedia performances usually with a significative participatory and immersive part exploring the different sensory modalities of the body (sight, hearing, touch ….). Technologies used for this purpose range from stereoscopic projection of stereoscopic images to sound spatialization through perfumes diffusion and development of motion capture interfaces. Hierophantes Works question the possibility to create and to explore with participants singular states of perception and consciousness, creating resonances between percepts and sensory feelings, between emotions and intuitions, without reference to conceptual, verbal or figurative world. Thus, pieces are composed as rituals that constitute, in the same way as Mysteries, an invitation to a reflexive journey. In each of these ritual trip, the flow of sensitive sounds, images and scents picks up the participant and invites him to explore the landscapes of his own subjective meditation.
Born in 1975, Yves-Marie L’Hour (aka Annwn) is digital artist, coach and researcher (PhD in Philosophy at Paris IV Sorbonne University. He leads his artistic researches in the visual fields, adopting and abstract and ritual inspired approach, since 1996 and joined in 1998 the Paris experimental cinema association L’Etna. He established between 2000 and 2007 a lot of collaborations with filmmakers, musicians and artists. Progressively tending towards numeric arts and installations, he presented many works in art centers and festivals notably in France, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Swiss… (Cinémathèque Française, Japan Cultural House, Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, Sao Paulo Itau Cultural, Studio Hermès Tokyo, Ars in fine, Rencontres Internationales Sciences et Cinémas RISC, MK2 Beaubourg, Le Cube, L’Autre Canal, Centre Pompidou…). He presented in may 2004 a performance at Palais de Tokyo co-signed with the English composer Aphex Twin (Richard D. James) and two French plastics technicians, Stéphane Coville and Hugo Verlinde. Moreover, he links his visual composing work to a doctoral thesis in cognitive philosophy (with Jacqueline Lichtenstein) about psychological, physiological and physical aspects of chromatic perception in relation with visual thinking specificities, notably at the Bernard Stiegler’s Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) team at Paris Centre Pompidou where he works as head of contents research.
Born in 1975, Benoit Meudic (aka Baldm) is an electronic music composer, and a computer music designer, He has been working at Ircam (Institute for music/acoustic research and coordination) for 10 years. After completing diploma in computer engineering in 1999, he worked as a scientist from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, he received his Phd degree in computer music. In parallel, he studied piano with Alain Neveu at the national music school of Evry-Courcouronne, and studied composition with Jean-Michel Bardez in the Paris/10th arrondissement. Conservatory. Since 2004, he has designed the computer music of several music pieces by Alexandros Markeas, Yan Maresz, Georgia Spiropoulos, Unsuk Chin, Luca Francesconi, Jérôme Combier, Michaël Levinas and Bruno Mantovani and has performed them in several countries (Germany, Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania). He is particularly interested in experimenting psychoacoustics throught the composition of electronic music. “Gestes” was his first collaboration with Annwyn.
- Interview of Hierophantes/ June 2009
- France culture - minuit dix / December 2008
- Pecha Kucha - Photos Nancy / October 2008
- Pecha Kucha - Video Nancy / October 2008