October 15th, 2014
Hellerau - Tonlagen Festival, Dresde - Germany
An original idea of Jean-François Laporte,

“ In traditional Chinese culture, qi (or chi, also Ki in Japanese) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as “natural energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of “qi” is “breath” or “air” “.

Qi is a new Visual and Sound installation made with several of those new musical instrument that I call the Overtones Tube. The exhibition space is filled with many instruments that are spaced methodically on a several row, all at a equal distance from each other. The top part of the instrument, which is build in a white Acetal material is the main sound generator. With this system I am able to created many different type of rhythmical patterns.

The audience are able to walk inside the installation and made his own path surrounded by the sound of each individual instruments. With this new installation I explore the close relation between the sound of the instruments, the instruments itself and the position of each instruments in the space where the instruments are installed.

Conception : Jean-François Laporte
Production : Jean-François Laporte and Productions Totem Contemporain
Development of the electronic system : Samuel St-Aubin
Programming : Benjamin Thigpen, Olivier Pasquet, Jean-François Laporte
Commissioned by : HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden
Thanks to : Hellerau, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec

This version of Qi was created and filmed at the Tonlagen Festival HELLERAU, Dresde – Germany, October 15th 2014.