The title of the installation in French was a word play, referring to the word “chant”, meaning “song”. The word has the same spelling as “champ” meaning “field”. The bamboo song is played from a single note: the bamboo. These melodies are multiple and personal interpretations. Composing a cube, bamboos, dry, sound and brilliant, are suspended from the heart of a copse of alive bamboo. Playing on the opposition between nature and subtlety, this garden aims at giving back to the visitors the sense of the matter. It plays on the contrasts: standing/suspended, flexible/stiff, rustles/knockings. The senses of the visitors are sharpened: the sigh, the touch and the hearing. Like any game implies inevitably a player: while one penetrates into the labyrinth of bamboo he creates noise, pictures, spaces and atmospheres. Each visitor registers his own passage.
This garden is the result of a reflexion upon the loss of relationship between matter and time. “The tools of this smoothing are both matters such as concrete and glass as well as video screens, the liftings, internet, on which time has no grip. Without a trace”. They wished “to put the matter back where it belongs, a return to the notion of wear as expression of the sense and the emotion”. The garden today can maybe play this role, and offer the faculty to give time. The time of seasons, matter and perishable”.