Rudy Decelière


Perméabilité magnétique du vide #2

The installation of Rudy Decelière (Switzerland/France, 1979) consists of large dry grasses that quiver thanks to magnets and a network of copper wires. It is experienced through the sounds and vibrations it generates with the paintings of the MBAL collection.

Rudy Decelière’s interest lies in the translation of imperceptible phenomena through perceptual sound experiences. He makes electric and electromagnetic fields audible, and never stops exploring the thresholds of what is perceptible.
At the crossroads of nature and mechanics, of scientific formulation and poetic evocation, Perméabilité magnétique du vide #2 evokes an island of semi-artificial grassland, whose tall grasses sway in the wind. Each blade of grass, dried and then surrounded by a magnet, is then placed in front of a copper coil. The wires are then connected to each other, diffusing the acoustic characteristics of a landscape. Rudy Decelière continues his reflection on sounds and the relationship or limits they have with space and place. By playing with the movement of these tall grasses to create this barely perceptible, continuously broadcast sound atmosphere, the artist invites the visitor to take the time to let himself be carried along, to listen and to feel. His work is nourished here by the extreme intensity of the silence of the mountain, in all its invisibility, mystique, sublimity, disquiet and magic.


Rudy Decelière, graduated of the École des Beaux-Arts de Genève – now the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) – where he settled at the end of the 1990s, explores sound art mainly through the medium of installation. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in various Swiss cultural institutions such as the Ferme Asile in Sion, the Kunstmuseum in Olten, the CERN in Geneva, the Musée Jenisch in Vevey and the Abbatiale de Bellelay.