Olivier Pasquet is a world-renowned composer, music producer, sound and visual artist. His work is based on the writing of audio visual compositions and synesthesia. His compositions are sound-based, visual, and material. Pasquet used his Fall-Spring CAI residency to create a sound and light installation called "Lloyd's Mirror" for the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex.
Pasquet marked the opening of the installation with an artist talk on Feb. 12, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the Greatbatch Pavilion. This event was FREE and open to the public.
Pasquet's work utilized the openness of the Greatbatch Pavilion to create a piece that could be experienced both from within and from outside the building, very much in keeping with Wright's intention to break down the distinction between inside and outside in his design of the Martin House. In this way, Pasquet's work will enhanced visitors' experience of both structures.
Lloyd's Mirror used speakers and lights facing each other across the space of the Greatbatch Pavilion. The piece masterfully played off the reflective surfaces of the Pavillion, bouncing sound and light around the space, while emphasizing the horizontality that is key to the prarie style of Wright's design for the Martin House Complex. Like Wright's design, Pasquet's piece embodied a complex simplicity.
Like many of Pasquet's works, the installation evolved over time, with each iteration becoming more complex sonically and visually. Visitors were encouraged to come back to see how it changed. Lloyd's Mirror was available every evening from 5:30-8:30 pm, Feb. 12-17, 2018. Pasquet was on hand to engage with visitors throughout the installation period.
Olivier Pasquet first practiced music writing on his own. After composition studies at APU in Cambridge with Richard Hoadley, lectures with Trevor Wishart and Iannis Xenakis, he worked in several popular music studios including a short visit at INA-GRM. He then refocussed his work toward staged, contemporary music and media art.
Pasquet confronts his sound works with reality thru performance art: dance, opera, music, and contemporary theatre. His pieces also materialize themselves under the form of plastic installations and purely electronic music pieces. They are played, sometimes danced, in concert halls, galleries or clubs. For instance, Olivier Pasquet taught interactive arts and computational design at l’Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs from 2006 and 2009, and taught theater-music at Théâtre National de Strasbourg between 2007 and 2008 etc. He has received several grants and residencies such as Villa Médicis hors-les-murs, two residencies at Tokyo Wonder Site, Arcadi, residencies both in Chili and Taiwan. Between 2009 and 2012, he was an invited researcher at Tokyo University with Philippe Codognet, Keio, and Buffalo with David Felder. Since 2013, he is doing a special research in musical composition and non-standard architecture at the Huddersfield University with Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.