The Great Animal Orchestra
An aesthetic, scientific, and philosophical exploration of the animal world.

“Each resident species acquires its own preferred sonic band¬width—to blend or contrast—much in the way that violins, wood¬winds, trumpets and percussion instruments stake out acoustic territory in an orchestral arrangement.”
Bernie Krause


From July to December 2016, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present the exhibition
The Great Animal Orchestra, based on the work of Bernie Krause. An American bioacoustician, scientist and musician, Bernie Krause has collected more than 5,000 hours of recording of natural habitats, including more than 15,000 wild species from all around the world, for around 50 years. This unparalleled research has proven to be a rare insight into the unseen world of animals. It reveals the beauty and the intricacy of animal vocalizations, which are now in danger of being silenced by human activity. Through his recording, Bernie Krause implores us to start listening before hush descends on the great animal orchestra. The Great Animal Orchestra exhibition invites the audience to engage in an emotional and sensory experience through the appreciation of Bernie Krause’s most beautiful recordings, realized in Africa, America, and various oceans. Works of contemporary artists will silently dialogue with Bernie Krause’s great orchestra, offering a visual reflection on our relationship to the animal world and the presence we give to animals in our society. A sound and visual exploration of the natural world, The Great Animal Orchestra exhibition will immerse the audience in the beauty of the natural world. It will also invite to a reflection on the environmental issues of the 21st century and on what has led us to enter the “Sixth Extinction” era.
The catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition will offer an aesthetic, scientific, and philosophical exploration of the animal world. Readers will have the opportunity to discover Bernie Krause’s work and to reflect on issues related to the preservation of biodiversity through many essays by specialists. Including photographs, maps, diagrams, sonograms, as well as the works of the artists presented in the exhibition, this catalog is a true manifesto for the conservation of the beauty of ecosystems.

The Great Animal Orchestra

Édition Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Bilingual French / English
Hardback, 30 × 24 cm, 368 pages
350 color and black-and-white reproductions
Texts by Bruce Albert, Gilles Boeuf, Élisabeth de Fontenay, Vinciane Despret, Bernie Krause, François-Bernard Mâche, Paul Shepard
Included: Exclusive CD of the exhibition soundtrack
ISBN: 978-2-86925-123-6
Retail price: €45
Publication date: June 2016

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