Les Joueurs de flûtes
Erik Samakh

Aluminium and resin, solar collector, turbine and electronics, 70 X 10 cm

Commande publique of the Ministère de la culture et de la communication (owner Ciap) in 2003

Born in Saint Georges de Didonne in France in 1959, Erik Samakh lives and works in Serres in the Haute-Provence Alps in France.

Erik Samakh’s thought is the opposite of any desire for enshrinement that excludes human presence from protected nature. He is interested in modes of behavior and communications, in the relation between things rather than the things themselves, including in this process all living things, which also includes the public. For him, in no case does the relation to nature take the form of romantic isolation and a retreat from the social field. 

For Vassivière, Erik Samakh conceived an installation of thirty solar flutes installed on a site of over 30 hectares. The sounds of The Flute Players are always quite short and have various tonalities, because each module, with the autonomous energy of its solar captor, breathes air into a unique-modeled flute. The source of solar energy introduces a modulation of intensities according to the rays of light. These two parameters contribute together to a permanent renewing of sound until the silence of night. This variation coincides with the milieu itself. Like so many animals, the flutes react to the alternates of day and night as well as to weather conditions. Erik Samakh mixes in his work his interest in nature and his interest in technology. He would like the interface with the user to be as direct as possible and for the spectator not to see the technological machines.


Copyright: Marc Domage