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Oliver Beer at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis

Sound and crystal: an unprecedented pas-de-deux.

Oliver Beer will work at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis, for the fourth season of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Collaborating with skilled artisans – the custodians of a unique heritage – Beer will focus on the acoustic properties of fine crystal.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Oliver Beer at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis
© photo Marc Domage © Fondation d'entreprise Hermès

Olivier Beer achieved critical acclaim as the winner of the 2009 ‘New Sensations’ prize awarded by London’s Saatchi Gallery, and was an artist-in-residence at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, for the 2011-12 season. Born in 1985, Beer is a British artist who trained in musical composition before studying art at the Ruskin School in Oxford. His performances, videos, installations and neon sculptures explore his medium of choice, namely sound. Beer’s extensive corpus of acoustic performances draws on the interaction between architectural space and the human voice. 
 
Mentored by Susanna Fritscher, Oliver Beer will further his exploration of sound during a winter residency at the Cristalleries de Saint-Louis. Based in Moselle (France) since the 16th century, the factory became Louise XV’s official ‘royal glassworks’ in 1767, before discovering the secret of lead crystal in 1781 – the first of many epoch-making innovations developed at this exceptional site. 

Running annually since 2010, artists’ residencies organised by the  Fondation d’entreprise Hermès enable four young visual artists to discover and work with exceptional artisan skills, mentored by established names. A period of immersion in the day-to-day life of the workshops precedes the development of each artist’s ad hoc project. Following a feasibility study, each piece is then created in situ, in collaboration with Hermès artisans.

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