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Collection

Slave Pianos (Michael Stevenson, New Zealand/Germany b.1964; Danius Kesminas, Australia b.1966)

( – )

Title
Slave Pianos collectable: in memoriam George Maciunas
Year
1999
Media category
Ephemera
Materials used
framed archive material
Dimensions

155.0 x 106.0 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed u.l. printed music sheet, red ink "Danius Kesminas" and u.c. printed music sheet, blue ink "Michael Stevenson". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 2000
Accession number
526.2000
Location
Not on display
Further information

Stevenson and Kesminas are the two visual artists that initiated Slave Pianos, but Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape, two Melbourne musicians, are also integral to this project. Slave Pianos grew out of the artists' common interest in the history and practice of visual artists' music works. Stevenson and Kesminias have collected original recordings of music by artists as diverse as Hany Armanious and Joseph Beuys, which have been recomposed, arranged and transcribed as musical scores for piano. These are performed by the Slave Pianos itself - a computer controlled mechanical piano reproducing the arrangements of the artists' music. The Slave Pianos becomes a visual personification of the original artists' performance. Kelly and Drape transcribe the music and Stevenson and Kesminias are responsible for the artwork and publication of the scores and for other visual accompaniments.

Exhibition history (1)

Slave Pianos, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Waterloo, 06 Aug 1999–28 Aug 1999