The human being constantly perfections his work tools in all domains. From time to time, he finds a solution so innovative, that it results in a completely new tool. Sampo whose purpose is to change sounds, is a tool dedicated to musicians of all walks. Its development began two decades ago, and due to the constant evolution of technology, it has undergone numerous changes and improvements.

This exhibition brings out the evolution of this innovative instrument of the 21st century. These paradoxical “magical boxes” are a concentration of technology embedded in wooden boxes, decorated in an ancient style, all unique and hand-made by craftsmen. Items designed to be mobile work tools that will free musical creativity.

The exhibition is a tour of the evolution of Sampo since the original idea and the single prototype built in 1997 to the latest “boxes” manufactured in 2017 in Saint-Etienne. This evolution includes the axes of artistic work, design, technology and manufacturing. The exhibition includes visual examples of the creation and manufacturing process of the instrument, photos and videos, explicative panels and different versions of the instrument over the years.

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Exhibition dates and locations

Off du Biennale International de Design de Saint-Etienne

Ateliers de la Rue Raisin, from 9 March to 6 April 2017 - 16 Rue Raisin, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France

Art & Science Days 2017

Galerie Pictura, from 19 to 23 June 2017 - 15 Rue Littré, 18000 Bourges, France

Art & Science Days 2019

Médiathèque de Tarentaize, from 15 to 18 May 2019 - 20 rue Jo Gouttebarge, 42000 Saint-Etienne, France