Now ∞


Sophie Agnel  & Lionel Palun


Images and sounds are like people who meet en route and can never again be parted.
Robert Bresson , « Notes sur le cinématographe », Paris, Gallimard, 1975.

Now ∞ is a work of research on the direct dialogue between music and images, in this case between video and an extended piano: how the music reinvents the video and how images can create sounds.

Sophie Agnel, virtuoso of prepared piano, had practised improvisation as a soloist, in duos and in various formations for a long time. She regularly works in theatre and dance, and has written several shows for young audiences. She was also the instigator of the invention of a new instrument, the cordophone. Lionel Palun explores the singular practice of playing with images, blending analogue mixing with lighting and camera shots with an original visual digital lute (for this he developed his own software programme). He is also interested in sound projection of images with a musical treatment from a video signal.

Today Sophie Agnel and Lionel Palun have pooled their expertise to present an extended piano concert with images. The idea is to use the piano as a sound box for a video signal and to make electronic bows for the piano strings controlled by images. Using the magic of video feedback, the audience can watch Sophie Agnel playing the inside of the piano on a giant screen. From these tools emanates a rich, organic and sensitive dialogue between two worlds that rarely encounter one another.

During the first creative residency at the Hexagone Scène Nationale of Meylan, Sophie Agnel and Lionel Palun invited the visual artist Christophe Cardoen to design the lighting.

The job of designing electronic bows for piano was entrusted to the École Centrale, Lille.





Creation 2016

production :
l’Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences – Meylan,
le CCAM Scène Nationale de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy,
l’Association 720 Digital

Conseil Régional Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne,
la SMAC Jazz à Poitiers,
le Lieu Multiple à Poitiers,
la Source à Fontaine,
l’École Centrale de Lille



  • Lionel Palun

    Video artist
    Born in 1972 in Marseille, France.

    Lionel pursued a university education as a physician, qualifying as an engineer at the ENSPG (physics) and obtaining a phd from the UJF (in nano electronics). He worked for 2 years as a teacher and researcher in Grenoble at the LPSC (electronics). Following an encounter with contemporary dance, in particular with the work of the Pascoli company, he branched out into a singular research on the relationship between images and the stage, aiming to make this media an actor in its own right in the performing arts, on a par with dance, texts, sound and lighting.
    Lionel Palun is a co-founder of the Association 720 Digital, a member of Collégiale du 102, a member of the editorial committee of the quarterly magazine Revue & Corrigée and was on the board of directors of CitéDanse for 5 years.
    Since September 2017, Lionel Palun has been an associate artist at the Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts-Sciences de Meylan as part of a three-year residency funded by the Conseil Départemental de l’Isère.

    Duo and Improvisation:
    The core of his present research is a series of duos (generally improvised) that explore possible relationships between images and the other performing arts (Image/Dance, Image/Theatre, Image/Music, Image/Lighting, Video/Film…). The lightness of the duo makes it possible to combine the demands of a refined research with regular encounters with the public. These studies have enabled him to work with artists as diverse as Jérôme Noetinger, Will Guthrie, Riojim, Christophe Cardoen, Delphine Dolce and Dominique Lentin. That is where the alchemy that sustains his work developed.
    Art installations:
    Lionel Palun is regularly invited to present video and sound installations: Condition Publique in Roubaix, Nuit Blanche in Metz, Collectif Brouhaha…
    Video performance: Video performance is a tool for research and creative residencies in situ. It can either be a motor for starting the writing process or proposed as a singular form.
    Video creations:
    for dance and theatre pieces or concerts in collaboration with film directors, choreographers, musicians and collectives (Camel Zekri, Yann Lheureux, Frédéric Tentelier, Broadway, Pascal Mengelle, Cédric Marchal, Anne-Marie Pascoli,…) These video creations (written scores or improvisations) are an opportunity for artists to compare the written compositions of other artists.
    Sound creation: By physically diverting a video signal, he develops original digital tools in order to project the video signal into the speakers …
    Workshops and educational presentations:
    He regularly leads workshops for different audiences: Fine arts students, primary schools (Lumix project with Association Muzzix) and community centres. He also ran a course of mise en scene and an introduction to light images for Kaléidoscope, a project for the Opera de Lyon.
    Software design:
    Besides mastering the professional tools of digital imagery and multimedia, his university education and work led him to developing his own software programme, In Videre for creating and diffusing images. This programme is both a tool for video production and an original instrument for improvisation and video performances.

    Shows and Performances:

    Double Jeu, Sophie Agnel, Lionel Palun, duo piano&vidéo tout public, 2018-…
    Cartographie des oublis, La Barque Théâtre, Frédéric Tentelier,théâtre musical, 2016-…
    Now ∞, Sophie Agnel, Lionel Palun, duo piano&vidéo, 2015-…
    Fast Radio Burst, Patrick Guionnet, Quentin Conrate, Lionel Palun, concert pour postes de radios, 2015-…
    The pipes, the pipes, Donal Dineen, Lionel Palun, Guillermo Carrion, Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry, Maitiu O Casaide, vidéo, peinture et trio de cornemuses , 2015-…
    La Lobaye, Camel Zekri, Lionel Palun, Prosper Kota, Jean-Pierre Mongoa, Orchy Nzaba, une rencontre avec des pygmées centrafricains, 2014-…
    Zzurfreiheit, Julien Bibard, Jean-Philippe Saulou, Lionel Palun, performance cinéma 16 mm, musique & vidéo, 2014…
    Performance Will Guthrie & Lionel Palun, Festival Pépète Lumière, 2014
    Kezn, Barbara Dang, Lionel Palun, Gordon Pym, interprétation de standards de la musique expérimentale, 2014-…
    ViziX, rencontres entre Lionel Palun et plusieurs artistes du Collectif Muzzix, 2013-…
    Performance Lionel Palun, Guillermo Carrion, Donal Dineen, The Art of Music, 2013
    Ryu, Gilles Laval, Yoko Higashi, Lionel Palun & Marc Siffert, installation jouée d’images et de musique hydrophonique, 2012-…
    Performance Etienne Jaumet, Lionel Palun & The 202s, French Cork Film Festival, 2011
    Performance Solar Bears, Lionel Palun & Guillermo Carrion, French Cork Film Festival, 2011
    Embrasure, Cie Zyriab and Co, musique, poésie & image, 2011
    Superflux, Filmbase, Lafoxe, Metalking, 3 trios autour du cinéma, 2010
    Mire, Alice Predour, Djamila Daddi-Addoun & Lionel Palun, orchestre de tables de mixage vidéo, 2010-…
    Du fond de l’abri, trio Xavier Quérel, Jérôme Noetinger & Lionel Palun, musique électroaccoustique, cinéma & vidéo, 2010
    Palundrome, solo de Lionel Palun, image & son, 2009-…
    Rencontre avec le Quatuor Nun, image et voix, 2009
    Minuit Pile, Cie Comme CaMuriel Piqué, pièce chorégraphique, 2009
    Maki, Culture Ailleurs, spectacle ombre, danse, musique improvisée et traditionnelle, 2009-2010
    Manifestement, Cie Yann Lheureux, pièce chorégraphique, 2009-2012
    Gang plank, Broadway & Quatuor Pli, musique pop & expérimentale, 2008
    AOA, Cie Comme CaMuriel Piqué, pièce chorégraphique, 2008
    Supercolor Palunar, duo Jérôme Noetinger & Lionel Palun, musique électroaccoustique & télévisions, 2008-…
    Filmbase, duo Riojim & Lionel Palun, cinéma 16 mm & vidéo, 2008-…
    No one’s land, Cie Yann Lheureux, pièce chorégraphique, 2008-2009
    Lumière obscure, Culture Ailleurs, spectacle ombre, danse, musique improvisée et traditionnelle, 2008
    Materia Prima, La SailliePascal Mengelle, pièce de théâtre, 2008
    RDV sur le palier, Priviet ThéâtreCedric MarchalTristan Dubois, pièce de théâtre, 2007
    Situations régulières, duo Dominique Lentin & Lionel Palun, musique & vidéo, 2007-2008
    Femmes pré-occupées, duo Christophe Serpinet & Lionel Palun, musique & vidéo, 2006
    Oeil de Bitume Chapitres, Théâtre du chuchotementMinou Wosniak, 2005
    Projet D.I., duo Delphine Dolce & Lionel Palun, danse & vidéo, 2004-…
    L’insatiable K, Cie La SailliePascal Mengelle, pièce de théâtre, 2004-2007
    Le roi se meurt et la basse court, Cie Pascoli, pièce chorégraphique, 2004-2008
    Petites résidences dans les lieux du patrimoine, Cie Pascoli, chorégraphie in-situ, 2004-2007
    La terre à boire, Cie du Jour & Cédric Marchal, pièce de théâtre, 2003
    Et Après ?!, Cie Pascoli, pièce chorégraphique, 2002

    Installations :

    Fresque, Artiste associé au projet EU-Japon Festival, 2015-2018
    Réception-Expédition, Carte Blanche du Non Lieu à La Condition Publique de Roubaix, 2014
    Brume3, Installation en collaboration avec Les yeux d’Argos à L’hybride, Lille, 2014
    Pentaptyque Cannibale, Nuit Blanche de Metz, 2013
    Reflets, Experimenta / Héxagone Scène Nationale de Meylan, Grenoble, 2013
    Maquette vidéo d’un quartier utopique, Centre Social La Rivière, St Etienne, 2012
    Supercolor Palunar, installation pour Electrochoc, Les Abattoirs, Bourgoin-Jallieu, 2011
    Projet D.I., installation pour le festival ONPLMV, Villars Reculas, 2010
    Télévision ultra-locale pour Brou Ha Ha 3, installations à la galerie des Terreaux, Lyon, 2005
    Brou Ha Ha 2, installation collective à l’Usine, St Etienne, 2004
    Brou Ha Ha 1, installation collective à la fabrique, Andrézieux-Bouthéon, 2004

    Ateliers :

    Workshop vidéo et son avec les étudiants des Beaux-Arts de Chalon-sur-Saône, 2014
    Lumix coanimé avec des musiciens du Collectif Muzzix, Lille, 2013-…
    Workshop vidéo et musique coanimé avec Jérôme Noetinger, Espace Culture de l’Université Lille 1, 2012
    Studio Vaduz, workshop avec des étudiants plasticiens et comédiens, Beaux-Arts de Grenoble & Conservatoire de Grenoble, 2011
    Superstream, workshop avec le Stream Collective, Mechanics Institute in Brunswick, Melbourne, 2011
    Ecole du spectateur, immersion d’élèves d’écoles primaires dans le dispositif de Projet D.I., Espace 600, 2010
    Ateliers vidéo pour la Cie Mangeurs d’étoiles, Villars de Lans, 2010
    Hybridation, atelier de Projet D.I. avec des adultes handicapés, CAV, APF, AFIPAEIM, 2009-2010
    Animation d’un workshop vidéo, le 102, 2009
    Melissa, mise en scène pour l’Opéra de Lyon dans le cadre du projet Kaléïdoscope, 2008
    Joëlle Colombani & adolescents des centres sociaux La Rivière et Valbenoîte, St Etienne, ateliers théâtre et représentations, 2007-2008
    Silence on tourne, comedie musicale créee avec Théâtre de la Renaissance et les classes de la ville d’Oullins, 2007
    Animation d’atelier pour Les mauvaises herbes, 2007
    Télévision ultra-locale, atelier et installation vidéo avec la Commune de Vif et Minou Wosniak, 2007

  • Sophie Agnel


    If it’s in Paris that Sophie Agnel was born in 1964, it is towards other sounding islands in the heart of a reinvented temporality that she dwells today, at the stern of a grand piano, an instrument that she turns into a real living & vibrating organism.

    Classically trained, escaped from jazz (drawn away by the too strict treatment of harmony), Sophie Agnel boards the piano from every sonic angle this musical vessel can offer : keys, strings & board are simultaneously apprehended, in a mixed procedure (as we say of painting techniques) that would be understated if it was reduced to the cagian definition of the prepared piano. Considering the instrument – that she extends with several accessories, paper cups, balls or strings – as a poetic supplier of anamorphic textures, the musician takes it to be an equal match to the wider diversity of musical systems, whatever the craft they where conceived in (from physiological to electro-acoustic) …


    Watch a piano solo in Anne Montaron’s “à l’improviste” program on France Musique:



    Reps : Sophie Agnel-Olivier Benoit, label Cesare ,2014
    Météo : Sophie Agnel – John Edwards – Steve Noble, Clean Feed Records, 2013
    Spiral Inputs : Sophie Agnel-Bertrand Gauguet-Andrea Neumann. Another Timber 2010
    Capsizing Moments : Sophie Agnel.Emanem, 2009
    Rip-stop : Sophie Agnel & Olivier Benoît, In Situ, 2003
    Rouge Gris Bruit : Sophie Agnel, Lionel Marchetti – Jérôme Noetinger, Potlatch, 2001
    Solo : Sophie Agnel, Vandoeuvre, 2000

Associated projects