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Antoine Bertin, hearing the virus


British biologists Jean and Peter Madawar once epitomized a virus as “a piece of bad news wrapped in protein”. Seizing this bad news, Antoine Bertin is letting  us hear Corona virus differently ”Once decoded, the genome of Covid 19 is a sequence of A, C, G and U repeated 30,000 times, it’s a short text compared to 3 billion DNA of the human genome” specifies the French artist. Using a sonification process, Antoine Bertin assigns a note to each letter to compose a melody whose tempo is given by the acceleration of the spread of the virus and its future decrescendo if the confinement is respected. He thus gives us the opportunity to listen to the invisible storm that has cloistered us behind our windows for 3 weeks. This comes as a strangely premonitory observation of nature’s movements in confinement for Antoine Bertin, as his next installation is a human burrow dug in the forest of Kielder (in the north of England), initially planned for this coming May. Human Burrow is an underground listening station where the visitor will be invited to descend to curl up against cork walls that resonate the tiny movements of the forest: vibrations produced by animals, signals from plants, movements of the underground … This sound library, set to be buried for 10 years on the hillside, will offer the immersive experience of a world where hearing takes precedence over sight, and where the concepts of space, time and listening are redefined.



Born in 1985, Antoine Bertin is a graduate of the ENS Louis Lumière and of the London College of Communication. His work intersects science and sensory immersion, field recording and sound narration, data and musical composition. His creations take the shape of listening experiences, sound sculptures and audio meditations on the realm of the living. His work has been presented at Tate Britain, at the Palais de Tokyo, at the Serpentine Gallery as well as the KIKK, Blue Dot and Sonar+D festivals. He produces a trimestral show called “The edge of the forest” for the web radio NTS, where he broadcasts the sounds of the invisible world and has founded Sound Anything in 2018, a studio which creates listening experiences based in Paris. www.soundanything.com. He will soon release an EP on the label Groovebox.



Antoine Bertin “Meditation on Covid-19″