ArtBeat: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at EMPAC [Get Visual]
By David Brickman
We don’t need any reminders right now of the destructive power of water, but maybe a reminder of its soothing power is that much more welcome at this time – and equally welcome is the fact that a two-part sound installation by the French composer Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at EMPAC in Troy, originally scheduled to end on Sept. 1, has been extended through Nov. 5.
The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center pushes the envelope by definition, but this pair of sound installations works beautifully in the majestic EMPAC space, making for a very pleasant and accessible experience for anyone with an inquisitive mind, and open eyes and ears.
The more visual of the two pieces was my focus for this visit. Untitled (series #3) is an elegantly simple sculptural piece that is something like what you would get if you tried to combine a wind chime and a Jacuzzi.