Michel Chion in Auckland – Thursday 31 August & Friday 1 September

23. Februar 2015, Emden Dollart, Seebstattung von Andreas Läufer

Pioneering composer, filmmaker, historian and writer Michel Chion is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on sound in cinema. This spring, Chion will visit New Zealand for the first time, presenting a lecture performance at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and an epic, multi-channel concert at the Auckland Unitarian Church.

In the 1970s Chion was a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), the influential collective led by composer and theoretician Pierre Schaeffer dedicated to furthering the art of ‘musique concrète’ through experiments in audiovisual communication, audible phenomena and music in general. Since the 1980s, Chion has written extensively on the relationship of sound and image in the cinema, publishing in 1990 what many consider the definitive theoretical guide to the subject, Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. In this momentous book, Chion advances a whole new lexicon for describing audio-visual concepts, via the works of Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard and others. On reading, film scholar Claudia Gorbman was moved to name him “a poet in theoretician’s clothing.”


Lecture Performance:
The Voice in Cinema, or The Acousmêtre and Me
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Wellesley St E, Auckland
Thursday 31 August, 6.00pm

In this specially commissioned lecture-performance, Chion traces a history of the ‘acousmêtre’ – his term for the mysterious off-screen voice in cinema – through his own oeuvre, and the works of Robert Bresson, Fritz Lang, Hans-Jugen Syberberg, Spike Jonze & more.
A Liquid Architecture project in partnership with Audio Foundation, AUT and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

The Audio-Spectator
Auckland Unitarian Church, 1A Ponsonby Road Auckland
Friday 1 September, 8.00pm
Presale Tickets available through Under the Radar

Chion presents his classic work Requiem (1973) alongside his new audiovisual composition Third Symphony (2016) and musique concrète piece The Scream (2017) over an epic two-and-a-half-hour concert for ten surround-speakers.
A Liquid Architecture project in partnership with Audio Foundation and AUT.



Chion’s tour to Australia and New Zealand is an historic and unlikely to be repeated occasion. It is made possible by the generous support of Institut Français, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, AUT, the Audio Foundation, Creative New Zealand and Liquid Architecture.