PISSARRO SOUNDS
Mixed Reality Sound Environment (2021)

Pissarro Sounds is a multi-part, real-time controlled, spatial sound composition, which was presented during the exhibition Camille Pissarro. The Studio of Modernism at Kunstmuseum Basel, in four exhibition rooms.

It consists of authentic sound material and field recordings that were recorded during a trip to France and were then incorporated into the composition. The work reinterprets settings from the life of Camille Pissarro by interweaving contemporary sounds from places such as Éragny-sur-Epte, Le Havre and Paris to create spatial compositions. In the process, visitors had complete freedom to gradually walk through the composition, change their listening perspective, and listen to it in a self-determined way depending on their own location in the exhibition spaces. This was made possible by mapping the spatial composition to the exhibition spaces using UWB tracking and binaural synthesis. Passages from letters of the artist and his contemporaries, read by the actors Hanns Zischler and Marie Grützke, complement the composition.

Collaboration with iart and the Basel Academy of Music
Pissarro Sounds is the first public application of the Immersive Audio Guiding System (IAGS), a research project of the Academy of Music, a division of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland; iart studio for media architectures; and Idee & Klang Audio Design, with support from Innosuisse.

Pissarro Sounds
Camille Pissarro. The Studio of Modernism
September 04, 2021 - January 23, 2022
Kunstmuseum Basel
More information (English) ↗︎

Photo Credits: Moritz Fehr / Kunstmuseum Basel-Jonas Hänggi / Iart AG

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Pissarro Sounds, Production Still, 2021 (Picture: Iart AG)
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Pissarro Sounds, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021
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Pissarro Sounds, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021
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Pissarro Sounds, Field Research, 2021
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Pissarro Sounds, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021 (Photo: Kunstmuseum Basel/Jonas Hänggi)
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Pissarro Sounds, Field Research, 2021
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Pissarro Sounds, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021
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Pissarro Sounds, Field Research, 2021
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Pissarro Sounds, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021