A Weekend of Creation and Ideas

Le Centre Pompidou, IRCAM, and France Culture have joined forces to create a unique event: a weekend at the Centre Pompidou open to all.


What unites creation, art, ideas, and knowledge? The imagination!



"Imagine" is two days dedicated to creation and ideas. Two days of surprises, meetings with art, dialogues and debates on the role of culture, conversations, suggestions for play, performances, games, music. From the piazza in front of the Centre Pompidou to the heart of the museum (Musée national d'art moderne), from the radio studio set up in the forum to the open space just below dedicated to concerts and fictions and the Petite Salle completely taken over by IRCAM, visitors can fully live the experience of creation through discovery, reflection, and dialogue.

Saturday, June 4, from 11am to 7pm, scientists and artists from IRCAM invite you behind the scenes to discover sound creation and the latest artistic innovations; discuss live performances of the future and take part, with the whole family, in a collective interactive performance.

Screenings of films, round table discussions, and demonstrations…. The entire program "Art and Innovation" is free of charge.

The museum and all the activities offered at the Centre Pompidou will also be free on June 4 and 5.


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Program Saturday, June 4



  • 11:00am-3:00pm, Petite salle | Behind the Scenes of Creation


                                                                Films Images of a Work

See some key moments from the creation of a work, watch the composer at work, understand the inspiration and issues surrounding recent creations produced at IRCAM. The series "Images of a Work" explain the creation of a work and brings you to the heart of an institute for research and musical creation.
14 short documentaries, 15 -20 minutes each


  • 1:00-1:50pm, Plateau 1, Forum | The Digital Revolution: When Art Meets Technology


                                                                   France Culture Session led by Thomas Baumgartner

More and more digital tools are used to enhance the artistic experience for creators, but also for performers and the public. Is the augmented man the future of live performance?

A debate with:
Gérard Assayag, Researcher and Director of the IRCAM lab Unité mixte de recherche Sciences et technologies de la musique et du son STMS (IRCAM – CNRS – UPMC)
Grégory Beller, IRCAM Computer Music Designer
Thierry De Mey, Composer, Filmmaker, Choreographer
Frédéric Migayrou, commisionner of the Musée National d'Art Moderne


  • 4:00-6:00pm, Petite salle | Art and Innovation


                                                         Digital Voices for the Stage and Cinema

Transformations in real-time, synthesized voices, augmented voices…. Discover the latest innovations from IRCAM in the domain of digital voices as well as their applications for live performances, music, and cinema.

A round-table discussion with:
Grégory Beller, IRCAM Computer Music Designer
David Christoffel, Composer
Nicolas Obin, Researcher from the IRCAM Sound Analysis-Synthesis team


  • 6:00-7:00pm, Petite salle | Collective Sound Checks


                                                         An Interactive Experience

Using new web audio technologies, take part in a collective musical performance with your smartphone! (projet ANR CoSiMa)

An experience led by: Norbert Schnell and Benjamin Matuszewski, researchers in the Sound Music Movement Interaction team at IRCAM

Sunday, June 5



  • Noon, Forum, Plateau 1 | Culture, Sciences, Ideas: the Same Combat?
    France Culture session led by Caroline Broué


Artists, intellectuals, researchers: what brings them together and what sets them apart?

A debate with:
Frank Madlener, director of IRCAM
Alain Prochiantz, neurobiology scientist and professor at the Collège de France
Guy Walter, director of Subsistances and the villa Gillet
Frédéric Worms, philosopher and professor at the École normale supérieure française

More informations Centre Pompidou website

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