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29 June, 2018
Robin Meier worked with guest curator Marc-Olivier Walher on Synchronicity, the inaugural Audemars Piguet Art Commission first presented at Volkshaus Basel during Art Basel in Basel in 2015. Based on ideas of synchronicity and the spontaneous emergence of patterns in nature, Meier’s immersive installation explores the underlying mathematical rules of self-organisation among fireflies, computers, crickets, sounds and electromagnetic pendulums. Inside the intricate installation, the natural and technological elements come alive in a coordinated visual and aural beat, illustrating how seemingly unrelated living biological entities and technological objects can harmonise with one another.
Meier worked with artist André Gwerder, the Papiliorama Foundation and a selected group of highly specialised scientific collaborators from the fields of genetic engineering, computer science, firefly breeding, cricket chorusing, bioacoustics and cognitive sciences to guide his artwork.
Synchronicity is an investigation into how the natural world can mimic mechanised or artificial intelligence.
Paris-based Swiss multimedia artist and composer Robin Meier (b. 1980) is interested in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier creates large-scale works that engage these issues through musical compositions and technology-driven installations.
After studying violin, piano and music theory for thirteen years, he earned degrees in electro-acoustic composition from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice and in cognitive philosophy from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Palais de Tokyo and the Museum of Modern Art, Paris; the 11th Shanghai Biennale; the Arsenal Contemporary, New York and the MSU Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan. Robin Meier is a long-time collaborator at IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and a fellow of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma.