Walk through video by Robin Meier:

Final Documentaiton (photographs by Ali Momeni):

Process documentation (photographs by Ali Momeni):

Process documentation (photographs by Vranken Pommery):



  • 2011, 2012
  • Architectural Sound Sculpture
  • Description

    The fold, as a multi-layered metaphor for the relationship between mind and matter, inspires plis/replis. The installation is made up of a highly geometric, folded and suspended structure that amplifies the experiences and metaphors of champagne. The primary structure, a 10 x 10 x 12m cone suspended in a pyramid, underground cave (a “crayères”) - one of the largest crayères of Vranken-Pommery's 18km long underground system of corridors and caves dating back to Roman times.  This architectural augmentation of the space also serves as a functional loud-speaker.  A glass platform suspended at the focal point within the cone holds a vessel filled with champagne. Using the actual sounds of effervescence picked up by a special microphone immersed in the champagne vessel, a real-time analysis/synthesis audio system creates a continually evolving sound environment, diffused downward from above.

    The architectural design of this work combines ancient paper folding techniques with contemporary computer-aided-design and manufacturing processes. The form is inspired by mathematician and origami expert Taketoshi Nojima, especially his work reproducing organic forms from folded paper. Our collaboration with architect Hyoung-Gul Kook allowed us to design, fabricate and assemble this suspended 345 cubic-meter structure from 285 flat sheets of aluminum/polyethylene composite, precisely folded 2,535 times. This structure acoustically amplifies the sound from a single speaker-driver in order to create an enclosed space that bathes the listener in its center in sound.

  • Acknowledgements

    Exhibited during Expérience Pommery #9: La Fabrique Sonore from Sept 2011 - March 2012.

    Curated by Charles Carcopino and Claire Staebler @ Vranken Pommery Monopole (Reims, France)

    More process documentation on a tumblr stream here.

    Additional documentation by Robin is here.

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