Laureates of the A.R.T.S Prize 2010, Pascal & Aurélie Baltazar and Georges Zissis, scientist at the Laboratory on Plasma and Conversion of Energy, University Toulouse III, worked on the "L’écorce du vent" project.

The project and the laureates
The show called "L’écorce du vent" revealed successive layers of curtains perceived as layers of reality, as steps in a silent adventure of spaces at repeated intervals ; a sensual meditation on desire, on expecting something, on looking at something...

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Our aim was to direct our research towards a stage production conceived as a "plastic theatre", a "scenography in motion" while we were exploring possible combinations between different stage materials (sound, light, materials, movement...), their individual as well as common dynamics, so as to develop a stage language with no pre-set frontiers between sound and image, fullness and emptiness, visible and invisible.


The scientific aspect of the project meant to investigate some transient applications of light sources, generally avoided in their normal use. Thereby this work would yield to better understand certain physical mechanisms, rarely studied so far (acoustic resonance and striation). Our expertise permitted us to better control and adapt these phenomena to the scenographic concept. To ensure these transitory phases, we have developed an electronic power supply specifically for discharge lamps. We will also test different LED solutions towards adapting them in the best way to the artists’ specific needs. We were also able to analyse the effects they had on spectators’ visual perception, especially at the extreme limits of perception. Finally, we have concluded that transferring technology from research and lighting to artistic domains, proves to be utterly beneficial and mutually prolific for both partners.


Our research project proposal for this art-science workshop focused on implementing a research and experiment process prior to a stage production, using light as a stand-alone element for artistic expression and analysing its dynamic interconnection with other stage elements.

Our art-science collaboration was deployed in three axes :

  • Finding an innovative application for LED technology
  • Investigating experimental light producing devices
  • Observing the effects of these experiments on visual perception

We carried out research in several phases :

  • An important phase of experiments, research and developing the light toolset, before and during the stage work
  • A research and creativity workshop to design the stage elements and connecting them with the light toolset
  • Two experimental sessions assembling these elements on stage. The first session studied perceptive effects of light on spectators who had previously been tested. The second phase ended with a short presentation in front of the audience.

The laureate artistic and scientific team
Pascal and Aurélie Baltazar have been collaborating since 2006 with the aim to develop hybrid dramaturgical forms at the intersection of sound, text and scenography, combining and also shifting their respective practice so as to create a common language.
What they are seeking through these new forms of expression, is to put mental space on stage while exploiting pending time, fragility, suggestions...
They have already produced a piece of electro-acoustic audio poetry, "L’écorce du vent", as well as a radio play for synthetic voice, (°v°) with Pol Perez electrographic artist. They are currently working on an audio tale for young audiences, "Les aventures de Gulup le courant d’air" (Gulup, the Draft’s Adventures).

Follow up on the residency : Exploring "Tinel"
Following up on the residency at the Chartreuse of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, from 2 to 9 November 2011, the Baltazars presented a small stage production developed from experiments conducted during the residency, on the relationship with space, architecture, and context...
"The Tinel seems confrontational in its very nature, in its own architecture, the perpetual opposition between the material and the spiritual, between rationality and religion. It is this tension that we want to investigate using sensitive materials, playing with space and with spectators’ perception."