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Nyloïd / Cod.Act (CH)

45’ - Performance

FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER @ 6pm
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER @ 6pm
SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER @ 4pm

THÉÂTRE DU GRÜTLI

The new installation of the Décosterd brothers has all the makings of a giant insect. A giant tripod consisting of three 6-meter long nylon rods, Nyloïd is indeed an impressive sound sculpture that has the looks of a living animal. Powered by a sophisticated mechanical and sound device, the work moves both sides, and around itself, like a mutant spider. We see and feel the tension created by the movement. Its efforts and suffering can be glimpsed through its contortions and vocal expressions. Welcome to the alienesque world of André and Michel Décosterd.


Combining their skills under the Cod.Act label, the brothers André and Michel Décosterd continue with Nyloïd their research on sound and movement. The first one is a musician, composer and visual artist, the second one, architect and visual artist. The harmony is perfect. Together they develop an artistic work that comes in the form of performances and interactive installations, one of which, Cycloïd-E, had already been presented at the Electron Festival 2012. Their talents complement each other here in the persistence that drives them to create devices that are able to move organically. The two brothers have tested several materials to see which ones would react like a complex assembly of articulate parts. Some of them, when subjected to mechanical stresses, have shown unexpected behaviours comparable to those of a muscle stimulated by electric charges: polyamide-type thermoplastics (nylon), the material used for Nyloïd.

Presented at different festivals in Switzerland and abroad, the works of the Décosterd brothers have won them different awards. Today, through Nyloïd, the public of Présences Electroniques will be able to appraise the progress of their research.

A collaboration between Présences Electroniques Geneva and the project Digital Brainstorming of the Pour-cent culturel Migros.