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Sono-tactile listening

Experimentation and artistic creation

May 27-29, 2015

Centre Pompidou-Metz
1 Parvis des Droits de l’Homme
57020 Metz

In collaboration with:
Art&Fact
Lutherie Acoustique Musique (Institut d’Alembert, UPMC, CNRS, UMR 190)
Institut d’Education Sensorielle de Moselle (IES Metz).


Sono-tactile devices invite the audience to experience listening through the sens of touch. These sensory and hearing experiments are intended for everyone, but particularly for hearing-impaired persons. By connecting mental, social and environmental ecology, these hearing experiments question the way we perceive and receive sounds. Several workshops with the Institut d’Education Sensorielle de Moselle (Metz) and various audiences will be presentend at the Centre Pompidou-Metz on May 27-28-29, 2015.


The sono-tactile devices "Ecouter Autrement" are composed of "sound tables" and "hearing stations" that allow to hear and communicate through materials. Unlike the way we usually hear, sound conducted by air and carried by the auditory system, these devices give access to sound information through touch: one can listen to sounds through the body.


Implementing these experiences needs innovative techniques in the fields of sound recording and diffusion. We are leading research in partnershio with the laboratory Lutherie Acoustique Musique (LAM) supervised by Gérard Uzan (laboratory THIM, Technologie et Handicap, Paris 8, EA 4004), in order to adapt the devices and interfaces to visually-impaired persons.


The development of tools and software leads us to redefine the way we think and represent our relation to hearing. An audiovisual recording will question the image-sound relation in a "combined" hearing situation (ears and body areas) and "solid" (mainly through bones) during workshops organized with children and teenagers from the Institut d’Éducation Sensorielle de Moselle, at the Centre Ponpidou-Metz on May 28th, 2015.


As part of the event Bien entendu ! Un mois pour la création musicale organized by Futurs Composés, national network for musical creation.

Labex Arts-H2H

The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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