Robin Meier is a Swiss musician and artist living in France. His interests lie in the emergence of natural and artificial intelligence and the role of humans in a world of machines. Meier tries to make sense of these questions through musical composition and installations. His works is shown around the globe, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.
The Body is a Vessel (2010) for apnoe diver and computer
is a musical composition determined and performed by the human body. Special microphones and sensors let us listen to the physiological processes of professional freediver Elisabeth Kristoffersen. Submerged under water, which is contained in a rowing boat on stage, Kristoffersen will hold her breath for several minutes, letting us experience the physiological transformations she undergoes whilst doing so. The diver’s strict organization of time during preparation and diving form the basic structure of the music. The sounds of the heart, lungs, bloodflow and diaphragm are used as musical material and heard live in the hall. Using an EEG, changes of brain activity are made audible and take us even deeper into the diver’s body. The Body is a Vessel submerges us in a baptism set to the sounds of science. protective and exposing, this work explores the perspectives of human evolution. The Body is a Vessel was produced thanks to the support of the SuperCollider Symposium, Berlin and the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie in St. Imier, Switzerland.