In an invitation-only event for the VR industry, Melodie Mousset and Edo Fouilloux present the latest version of Mousset’s work, Sing a Jellyfish, using Patch interactive sound technology developed by Fouilloux, which is included in the Sound & Vision exhibition at the swissnex Gallery. It is an opportunity for those working in the VR industry to see how artists and technologists are working together to push the boundaries of what’s possible using VR technology.
Sing a Jellyfish
Sing a Jellyfish is an iteration of a new collaborative work by Mousset and Edo Fouilloux that invites audiences to dive into the deep water of their consciousness in a mesmerizing, interactive VR soundscape. In a dream-like state underwater, players encounter a ghostly marine creature, a glowing jellyfish beckoning for players to sing through them. The jellyfish are controlled and animated with the pitch, vibration and intensity of the player’s voice, creating a surreal choir of the self. This art-experience provokes a state of self-hypnosis by visualizing the voice through immersive technology. Directed by Mélodie Mousset and Edo Fouilloux, produced by Morten Thorning.
Patch is a new format for visual music created for the age of XR and has been 5 years in development by Edo Fouilloux. The Patch studio has developed an engine that allows users to create entirely modular music and sound in a sculptural workflow. Now, using the engine allows users to go deeper, exploring sensory integration and body responses to re-introduce the human touch to music in the digital realm.
Edo Fouilloux is a visual mind exploring sound, graphics and playful interaction within immersive technologies. Since 2015, Edo has been working alongside research institutions, projects, and people around the world, seeking to expand new horizons of technology and immersion. He aims to forge new ways of thinking and making real-time interactive audiovisuals. Today, he is the director and co-founder of Patch studio — a software house specializing in creating musical tools and playful experiences for XR.
Mélodie Mousset is a French artist based in Zurich, Switzerland. A pioneer in the field of art and new media, her practice extend across a number of mediums, including installation, performance, photography, sculpture and virtual reality. In Melodie’s whimsical and absurd composition or decomposition pieces, the body becomes a site for physical and spiritual exchanges with technology. Chris Kraus, renown writer and award-winning author of the best seller “I Love Dick”, writes about Mousset’s work in the March 2019 issue of ArtReview: “I don’t think of Mousset as part of a lineage, unless it’s one of exceptionally original, anomalous artists who have the courage to pursue an idea as far as it will go. So, maybe Carolee Schneemann, Werner Herzog, Béla Tarr, Paul Thek, Bas Jan Ader, Jay DeFeo.” She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France; Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Switzerland; Royal College of Arts, London, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, USA. Her work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries worldwide, including MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Arts), Los Angeles; Kunst Museum Stuttgart; Bund Museum Shanghai; Zabludowicz Collection, London, The Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut, and SALTS, Basel. Mousset is a public speaker, and a visiting professor.