Who is speaking / Make Sound Residency
Yann Coppier
5 November 2018 - 7 December 2018

“To be satisfied with something, is showing little imagination” René Magritte

The goal of this project is to create a topology of sounds linked to dramaturgy, based on observation and imagination through practice-based investigation. Making extensive use of the absurd (that which cannot be heard or is contradictory to reason) as a way of pinpointing the new potential of sounds, it will help to develop innovation through meaning as a replacement for innovation through technology only.

The Make Sound Residency at IAC will be about exploring the secret life of loudspeakers through:

– A sound performance led by loudspeakers themselves, with a goal to experiment and experience absurd sounds in the form of music, installations, abstractions or physical demonstrations.

– An experiment with a hidden goal: to enhance both the art of creating sounds and the creative act of listening.

– A metaphor in three rooms for the way we have abandoned sound in our quest for new technologies.

Yann Coppier is a French sound artist living and working in Copenhagen. He is specialised in studio and field recording, sound design, composition for stage art and films, synthesis and live performances with various instruments. Currently he’s head of the Sound line at Den Danske Scenekunstskole, and has been since 2016 working on an ambitious artistic research project called “Poetics of Sound and Sonic Dramaturgy”. There he’s developing forms of musical innovation through meaning, as a replacement for innovation through technology – using the absurd as a working tool in the ways we approach sounds.



Yann Coppier (sound design, composition and direction) – artist in residence

Signe Allerup (producer)

Morten Riis Sørensen (production manager and builder)

Johan Kølkjær (set designer)

Michael Breiner (light designer)

Possible participation: Kitt Johnson (choreographer)


Special events: 

06/12/2018: presentation at IAC, 13:00-16:00 (organized by Kent Olofsson)

28/01/2019: sound performance / exhibition in Kulturværftet, Helsingør

31/05/2019: final presentation of the documented project at DDSKS, Copenhagen

Yann Coppier, Signe Allerup, Morten Riis Sørensen, Johan Kølkjær, Michael Breiner, Possible participation: Kitt Johnson