Baschet: The Transfiguration of Daily Life

Presents the inventive work of two French brothers, François and Bernard Baschet, creators of unusual, elegant sound sculptures and musical instruments. Interwoven throughout the film are performances and clips from film and television, including Jean Cocteau's The Testament of Orpheus and The Ed Sullivan Show. Stylistically mirroring the sculptures' highly reflective stainless steel surfaces, the film shows how the Baschets' work expresses a unique fusion of their political, social, and aesthetic philosophies. Not content with making work which would only be seen in galleries, the Baschets initiated educational music programs for children and the disabled, in addition to holding worldwide exhibitions and performances. With conviction and humor, the Baschets express their guiding belief that creativity and public participation within the arts are fundamental ways of transforming our lives and the world around us.

In English with optional French subtitles
16 mm film, 31 minutes color and b&w, 2003.

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Barcelona, Spain, as part of the Exhibition "Sound Sculptures: The Baschet Instruments"
March 31-December 19, 2011

SESC Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil, as part of the Exhibition "Projeto Paisagens Plásticas Sonoras"
August 19 - October 2, 2005

The 6th Annual Sound Unseen Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 12 & 15, 2005




Venice Biennale
57th Venice International Art Biennale
Studio Venezia, Xavier Veilhan French Pavilion including two Baschet Sound Sculptures and Instruments, May 13 to November 26, 2017

Structures Sonores Baschet
YouTube Channel
Baschet videos posted by the Baschet Sound Structures Association in France

Structures Sonores et Pédagogie
Home page for the Association Structures Sonores & Pédagogie.
Instruments and sound sculptures for concert and educational use

Michel Deneuve,
composer performer on the Baschet cristal

FMR Records,
distributor of the book, Les Sculptures Sonores, by François Baschet