As part of an unprecedented collaboration between a physics and molecular biology research laboratory, the Adhesion and Inflammation Laboratory (LAI), and Marseille's national music creation center, GMEM, we are working on the sonification of our scientific data describing phenomena on the nanometric scale (rigidity, viscosity of cells or molecules). 

Sonification represents the transmission of information through the medium of sound, and can enable human beings to receive information in a way that is different from and complementary to vision. In this way, it can respond to the increasing complexity of research data by providing a tool for simpler data analysis, which in turn can guide scientific innovation. Combined with a sensitive approach, sonification opens up new possibilities for transmission to the general public, but also for innovative assistance in specific fields such as sport, rehabilitation or therapy. Taken in hand by artists, sonification becomes a complex object, halfway between creation and transmission, in the context of performances or sound installations in particular.

The aim of the project is precisely to build an immersive, interactive sound installation to enable the public to hear the results and methodologies of LAI's research. This sensitive approach between creation and transmission enables us to renew our scientific understanding, particularly with regard to the interplay of scales at the cellular level. Interaction with the installation also encourages participants to engage with and appropriate specific scientific questions.

Music on the nanoscale
Fête de la science 2023
Sound installation

Fri. October 13, 2023 | 09:00 to 17:00
Esplanade de la Mairie, Marseille

Sat. October 14, 2023 | 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Esplanade de la Mairie, Marseille

Sun. October 15, 2023 | 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Esplanade de la Mairie, Marseille

Léo Huet
trainee producer in computer music research-creation

Maurin Bonnet
in charge of Production - Transmission (GMEM)

Pierre Fleurence
researcher (GMEM)

Felix Rico
researcher (LAI, Inserm/AMU/CNRS)

Claire Valotteau
researcher (LAI, Inserm/AMU/CNRS)

Lorenzo Villanueva
researcher (LAI, Inserm/AMU/CNRS)