© TSE Su-Mei

Mistelpartition (Mistle Score)

ArtistTSE Su-Mei
Material/ Techniquevideo projection, sound
Size/ Duration6 min. 49 sec. looped
Copyright Notice© TSE Su-Mei
Year of acquisition/ donation2012
DescriptionBorn in Luxembourg in 1973. Lives and works in Luxembourg and Paris, France.

Tse Su-Mei has lived with music since childhood. The diverse world of artwork she has created is based on the connecting and blending of many elements at the core of musical performance such as the body, sound, technique, and self. Musical elements appear directly in film works, and there is an emphasis on worlds or forms created by fusing materials, self, technique, and subject matter in handmade works that take the form of sculpture or installation. In recent years, she has extended this approach to a greater variety of creative activities, including outdoor sculpture in public places.

In "L’écho", Tse is seen playing her cello against a background of magnificent mountain peaks. The sound resonates with the grand natural landscape, seemingly in dialogue with it. The title, "L’écho", refers to the reverberations of the cello but it is difficult to think of these sounds as simple echoes bouncing off the mountains. The sounds produced by the artist, unpredictable and irregular, are repeated and amplified in nature while sounds exceeding our, and the artist’s, imagination seem to emanate from the mountains. A connection is created between the body of the artist, the cello, the sounds, the artist’s musical technique, and the majestic mountains, leading the viewer into a new and unknown world. "Mistelpartition (Misttle Score)" presents a scene of mistletoe growing quietly on the branches of living trees during winter. At a certain point, the scenery begins to move as if we, members of the audience, were walking through the natural environment. We begin to hear music resonating with the tranquil winter scenery. Forms resembling musical notes appear in the trees like clumps of mistletoe. The screen takes on the appearance of a musical score, showing the high and low notes of a counter melody that responds to the music being played. This work leads us to an encounter with music concealed in the grand realm of nature, conveying an image of the world in which everything – including our senses, sounds, nature, and human beings – is fused and blended.