POEME ELECTRONIQUE – STUDY
The Philips Pavilion, built by Ianis Xenaquis in collaboration with Le Corbusier for the world expo of Brussels in 1958 stood as a unique jewel of architecture. The building, financed by the technological giant Philips stood proudly next to the American and Soviet delegations in the main avenue of the fair. Structurally, the pavilion, was held by tension trough a web of steel cables that held the individual custom made concrete slabs of the skin and building interior in place.
The flat surface of the inside was purposely designed by Xenaquis not just to only conduct sounds and generate acoustics but also to serve as a projection screen for the first multimedia video in history, the Poeme Electronique.
Designed by Le Corbusier himself, the Poeme Electronique was a collection videos and images that ranged from animations of walking dinosaurs to footage from the atomic tests in Nevada. Together, along with an equally eclectic assembly of sounds and tones created an unique trip for the senses.