The River


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The River

The River, an installation by Charles Sandison

Commissioned by the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, The River is an installation by the contemporary artist Charles Sandison. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in a river of moving words projected with varying rhythms and concentrations along the lenght of the ramp leading up to its source: the collections area. 16 597 names of all the peoples and geographic locations displayed in the museum's collections accompany the flow of visitors.

The installation is brought to life by software that combines speech and hydrological cycles, mixing simulation techniques intended to create artificial life and to illustrate the laws of physics. The wealth of the cultures flows like the words through time and space, like water. This also allows us to observe human diversity by contemplating the channels and canyons that mark its surface, engraved by the flood of language. The way in which these signs move is designed to captivate the visitor, who is encouraged to imagine relationships between the signs, to bring them together, interpret and dream about them.