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Mathis Collins, Performance Calvacade, 2022, photo : Julien Goniche

Mathis Collins

Every month, the “Window Display” at l’antenne is home to a new art project linked to le plateau’s exhibitions, collection and educational outreach ventures.

The “Window Display” is open during exhibition times at Le Plateau.

Wed-Sun, from 2pm to 7pm


Preview: Wednesday 12.04.23, from 7-9pm



Automated sculpture, performance and a series of collective writing workshops, 2023


ENSEMBLE CONTRE ORGUE DE BARBARIE is a song in progress that dramatises the artistic, economic and administrative system that governs the development of street music in the late 19th century. The piece refers to the system of the daily rental of barrel organs: these mechanical instruments do not require any musical knowledge to be played and used by the street musicians who widely disseminate the texts and popular laments printed by the song merchants, under the continuous surveillance of the prefecture and its gendarmes, who constantly administer and censor public musical expression.


ENSEMBLE CONTRE ORGUE DE BARBARIE follows on from the 10 collective writing workshops held in August 2022 in the Maisons de quartier of Bas-Belleville, Fosse aux Fraises in Bagnolet, Petit-Pantin and the Régie de quartier of the 19th arrondissement, during which “Le monde est méchant” (The world is a bad place) was composed, an experimental collective piece perforated and illustrated on a 20-metre long piece of card, which was widely played in the neighbourhoods where it was written.


ENSEMBLE CONTRE ORGUE DE BARBARIE is held in parallel with the Barbapapa exhibition (Candyfloss currently on show at the CAPC, Bordeaux), in which Mathis Collins is exhibiting “Animateur/Animatrice”, an automatic barrel organ which every half hour for the past six months has been playing Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre on a loop on perforated cardboard.


This project is supported by the Fondation des Artistes.



l’antenne culturelle, paris

22 cours du 7ème art

75019 Paris




COURSE – children

From 6 to 10 years old, 2 days

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th April 2023

10am-12pm, 2-4.30pm



Workshops open to the public

09 and 17 may from 10am to 6pm


As part of the exhibition ENSEMBLE CONTRE ORGUE DE BARBARIE, Mathis Collins is running a series of collective writing workshops for the composition of a piece of barrel organ music. It is for participants (of the children’s course and workshops – adult audience) to meet the artist to attend a barrel organ concert before composing in turn a song that can be played in the street in front of the window display.


Course and free workshops

Registration: plateau@fraciledefrance.com