Vestiman, the musical exoskeleton

Vestiman, the musical exoskeleton

A suit for musical creation

March 2020
Vestiman Logo SuperH - Pôle Culture & Patrimoines the musical exoskeleton


Where did the idea come from ? Who are the project holders ?

At the origin of the project is Henri Maquet, poly-instrumentalist musician, that has developed a complex sound manipulation device: Recorders, microphones, musical instruments, sequencers, tablets, smartphone, etc., which allow him to multiply and organize sounds from several sources, acoustics alone and / or electronic.

What do they do ? What’s the project about ?

VestiMan is * A suit incorporating a set of electronic and computer devices allowing to produce and assemble sound for musical creation. * It allows, in addition to producing sounds, to orchestrate, manipulate them, structure in time and space. * It calls for new ergonomics and gestures, instinctive or creative. * The costume itself is a unique artistic creation and a technical challenge, integrating multiple technological facets into a visual aesthetic harmonious as well as ergonomic.

Why did they create it ? What kind of impact (social, artistic, innovative,) does the project have?

The work on the technical device and its scenography led the artist to question the ergonomics, the gesture and the technical design of his set. The idea of creating a body device was born as an extension of this reflection liberating the musician from spatial constraints and opening up endless creative and scenic possibilities. By inviting two other designers to create this unique object with him, he opens the field to two new worlds of reflection, each responsible for his own questions.

How does the SMATH Project help them? What are the next steps?

The SMATH support helped by the structuring the project ideas and the methodology. Then, it allowed the possibility of exchanging views on my project with people from different backgrounds.

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