The flute players – Erik Samakh

Les joueurs de flûte [The flute players]



2005, Digne-les-Bains, Parc Saint-Benoît, Steel, solar panel

Erik Samakh attracts our attention to the sound landscape, since a natural environment is never silent. His installation Les joueurs de flûte [The flute players] creates music: each flute equipped with a solar panel plays a note at random when there is enough solar energy to drive a micro-turbine that blows into each flute. This work obliges us to look up at trees and to pause for a while.

Since 1980, Erik Samakh’s work has taken inspiration from constant dialogue with nature. Whether he uses the patiently recorded song of frogs or the rustling of insects, or he captures solar energy to make flutes sing or to make fireflies light up, Erik Samakh orchestrates natural elements in delicate, poetic installations that make invisible use of new technologies. Created in situ, his work is often located in parks or in nature reserves (such as Tijuca forest in Brazil, the Vassivière international centre, the Chaumont-sur-Loire regional estate, etc.). Erik Samakh was born in 1959 in Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, and he lives and works in Serres in the Hautes-Alpes area.

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