For the 7x7 show at Edinburgh's stunning Summerhall, Jean Pierre took advantage of the cinema-studio atmosphere of the place to create a lively shrine for the sound sculptures: 7x7th Street. Elements used on the sculptures, like posters and signs, are magnified to real-life size and create an englobing and inviting environment, from A to G, Monday to Sunday, Red to Violet. Wandering in the street, with its good vibrations and universal themes on display, the viewer steps inside and dialogues with the sound sculptures, each of them installed in one of the street's seven coloured huts.
Each 7x7 sculpture is covered with signifying elements that rely on the spectator's inquisitive spirit. We're confronted with a kind of baroque pop object, though freed from any cynicism. If the works appear more didactic than conceptual, more ludic than ironic, they provide, above all a poetic experience. And, like poetry, the artwork functions on many levels - formal, conceptual and emotional.
The first stage show emerging from the 7x7 body of work. As Nile Rodgers, accompanied only by his 'billion dollar guitar', improvises on the theme of 'F', interweaving tales of Harlem with the story of his own remarkable life and songs from his legendary repertoire, Jean Pierre creates a Pop-Meets-Constructivism inspired artwork - from the glory days of the 'Harlem Renaissance' in the 1920's to the present time. The musical backdrop of the performance includes a seven part suite specially composed by Rodgers for Indigo Night. There are also amazing projections, including a short film conceived by Pierre Maillard for the 1st movement of Rodgers' Indigo Suite. These ground-breaking performances were premiered over two nights at Summerhall, Edinburgh.