LA CIRCONFÉRENCE DU CERCLE VICIEUX [2011]
THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF CIRCULAR REASONING

Sound installation for 14 speakers and a turntable 
Continuous sound (22 min 50 sec in loop, without distinction of beginning or end)
9 m X 5 m 

A choir of counters reciting the Pi number’s decimals is played over 13 speakers, through which the spectators wander. The speakers, each embodying an individual singer, are placed in front of a turntable playing a poetic reading related to the choir’s mathematical score. The turntable is connected to a detection system that modifies the spatialization of the sound (location of the singers in the set of speakers) if the tonearm is moved.


Produced by Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains.

Design: Véronique Béland
Composition: Daniele Segre Amar
Recording, mixing and programming: Véronique Béland, Sébastien Cabour and Pierre George
Performance: COELI ET TERRA, a chamber choir under the direction of Maurice Bourbon (Association La Chapelle des Flandres, with the support of the city of Roubaix and the Conseil Régional Nord-Pas-de-Calais).