Recitals of Artist’s Music and Sound Works

Recitals of Artist’s Music and Sound Works

Fifteen works for computer operated piano. First performed November 1998 at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel. Commissioned by The Chartwell Trust.

Slave Pianos (of the Art Cult)

Slave Pianos (of the Art Cult)

Ten works for computer operated piano. First performed on Tuesday 9 March 1999 at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh. Commissioned by The [Chartwell Trust].

An Evening With Slave Pianos

An Evening With Slave Pianos

Four works for computer operated piano. First performed on Saturday 15 May 1999 at Moore St Gallery, Melbourne. Commissioned by Darren Knight Gallery.

Music of the City

Music of the City

Five works for string quartet. First performed on Friday August 6 1999 at Darren Knight Gallery, Waterloo, Sydney. Commissioned by Darren Knight Gallery.

Programme: [pdf,html]

Pianology

Pianology

Two works for computer operated piano. First performed on Thursday 2 December 1999 at Lombard-Freid, New York. Commissioned by Lombard-Freid Fine Arts.

Slave Chamber: menage a quatre

Slave Chamber: menage a quatre

Five works for string quartet, violin and computer operated piano. First performed on Friday 3 December 1999 at Lombard-Freid, New York. Commissioned by Lombard-Freid Fine Arts.

The Vibrational Liquid of Improvisation

The Vibrational Liquid of Improvisation

Seven works for double bass, percussion, guitar and computer operated piano. First performed on Saturday 4 December 1999 at Lombard-Freid, New York. Commissioned by Lombard-Freid Fine Arts.

Caged Uncaged: Unleash the Beats

Caged Uncaged: Unleash the Beats

Six works for violin and computer operated piano, four percussionists, computer operated piano and tape, and turntablist. First performed on Sunday 5 December 1999 at Lombard-Freid, New York. Commissioned by Lombard-Freid Fine Arts.

The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear

The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear

Nine works for trumpet, piano accordion, turntablist, two-channel tape and electric ensemble. First performed simultaneously at The Public Office Carpark, Melbourne and China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles on Saturday 26 February 2000. Commissioned by China Art Objects Galleries.

China Art Objects Galleries: Slave Pianos

China Art Objects Galleries: SLAVE PIANOS

China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, Saturday 26 February 2000. Commissioned by China Art Objects Galleries.

Non-Objective Labour: Towards a dialectical theory of corruption

Non-Objective Labour: Towards a dialectical theory of corruption

Five works for string quartet and computer operated piano. First performed on Saturday 15 April and Wednesday 19 April 2000 at Baltyiski Dom Theatre in St Petersburg and at The Contemporary Music Centre in Moscow. Commissioned by the Sergey Kuryokhin International Music Festival.

Songs of Life

Songs of Life

SLAVE PIANOS INTERNATIONALE BIENNALE 2000
exposition/recitals of artists’ music and sound works

15 July - 22 October, 2000

  1. Non-Objective Brass
  2. Aperto
  3. A Long Tale with Many Notes

Non-Objective Brass

Non-Objective Brass

Five works for Brass Choir. First performed on Wednesday 26th July 2000 at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia.

Aperto

Aperto

Eight works for percussionist, interactive computer display and turntablist. First performed on Monday 17th July 2000 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Commissioned by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

A Long Tale with Many Notes

A Long Tale with Many Notes

54 min. Twenty-seven works for string quartet, fax machine, and white board. First performed on Saturday 15th July 2000 at RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Commissioned by RMIT Gallery.

The Broccoli Maestro

The Broccoli Maestro

36 min. A chamber opera in two acts for six voices and six players and two-channel tape. Libretto by Slave Pianos after writings by Tony Clark and his circle. First performed on Friday 22 June and Saturday 23 June 2001 at the North Melbourne Town Hall. Commissioned by Chamber Made Opera.

The Strange Voyage of Bas Jan Ader

The Strange Voyage of Bas Jan Ader

28 min. A radio play in one act for six players, six instruments and two-channel tape. Text by Slave Pianos after writings by Bas Jan Ader and Donald Crowhurst. First performed on Sunday 14 October and Tuesday 16 October 2001 at the Klangbrucke in Aachen and Malkasten in Dusseldorf. Commissioned by the Neuer Aachener Kunstverein.

The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea, Part II: Bas Jan Ader, Matthew Benedict, Karl Haendel, Nina Katchadourian, Slave Pianos. September 7 to October 23, 2011. Exhibition curated by Cate Rimmer Opening Reception: Tuesday September 6, 2011 at 7:30pm Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

SLAVE PIANOS: A diagnosis, 1998–2001

SLAVE PIANOS: A diagnosis, 1998–2001

Audio recordings, documents, texts and scores; ed. Christoph Keller; with essays by Giovanni Intra, Mark von Schlegell, Rob Adlington, and John McDonald (English). 32 x 32 cm, boxed set in cardboard cassette, 500 copies. Revolver, Frankfurt am Main, 2001.

Foreign Knowledge: I Have Made A Heap of All That I Could Find

Foreign Knowledge: I Have Made A Heap of All That I Could Find

48 min. A documentary monodrama for soprano, narrator, computer operated piano and two-channel tape. Text by Slave Pianos after writing by Peter Tyndall. First performed on Friday September 27, 2002 at the Old Court House Building, Ballarat. Commissioned by The Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and The University of Ballarat.

Two Lives in Flux: And Vice Versa

Two Lives in Flux: And Vice Versa

47 min. An acoustic theatre for two soloists, two choirs, folk ensemble, six instruments and two-channel tape. Text by Slave Pianos after writings by George Maciunas, Vytautas Landsbergis and colleagues. First performed on September 6 2004 in Vilnius. Commissioned by Vilnius Festivals.

A Schema and Historo-Materialist Pro-gnostic

A Schema and Historo-Materialist Pro-gnostic

The MCA, Darren Knight Gallery and the Remembering the 20th Century Committee presents: SLAVE PIANOS Pianology: A Schema and Historo-Materialist Pro-gnostic. A lecture demonstration for overhead-projector, whiteboard, audio-cassette machine and computer operated piano. First performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 4th Floor on Sunday 22 October 2006 in Sydney.

Glenn Barkley. Multiplicity: prints and multiples from the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Wollongong. Exhibition catalogue. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006.

Dissident Consonances

Dissident Consonances

or: THE IRON CURTAIN, THE FLUX-LABYRINTH & LITHUANIAN HOUSE or: Chairman George Maciunas & President Vytautas Landsbergis.

music, art, non-art, theatre, diaries, letters, poetry, testimonies, political writings, manifestos, film, dance, games, food, drink and other objects by Slave Pianos, George Maciunas, Vytautas Landsbergis, Jonas Mekas, Leokadija Maciunas, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Jean DeMaque, M.K.Ciurlionis, Anonymous (14th Century), Ottavio Rinuccini, Keith Humble, George Brecht, Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, Larry Miller & Joe Jones.

First performed with Astra Chamber Music Society at Lithuanian House, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne, 5pm Saturday 26 / 5pm Sunday 27 May 2007.

Never Forever: Fluxus Was a Sajudis Trick!

Never Forever: Fluxus Was a Sajudis Trick!

Fluxus East and the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien present NEVER FOREVER: FLUXUS WAS A SAJUDIS TRICK! or: Checkmate / FluxWake for Rimvydas Survila / George Maciunas — or: Dissident Consonances

7pm, Friday 28th September 2007. ART FORUM BERLIN, Messedamm 22, Berlin Charlottenburg. Entrance Art Forum opening: 60 Euros / 2 persons.

Afterglow: performance art and photography

Afterglow: performance art and photography.

28 January 2011 to 3 April 2011. Monash Gallery of Art

The Execution Protocol (I)

The Execution Protocol

THE EXECUTION PROTOCOL: A WAR OF CURRENTS: FLOATING PAINTINGS / PIANO EXECUTION — ON ANDY WARHOL’S ELECTRIC CHAIR

$250 | 250 Clouds | 200 People | 88 Notes | 2000 Volts

Andy Warhol Silver Clouds (1966) / Slave Pianos Electric Chair (2007).

Monday the 22nd of October, 8:30 - 11:00pm. The Great Hall of The National Gallery of Victoria. Commissioned by the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Archival Materials and Audio Catalogue

Archival Materials and Audio Catalogue

Slave Pianos orange neck kerchiefs, Slave Pianos yellow and black neck kerchiefs, Slave Pianos boy scout shirts, piano key beanie, piano key scarves, piano key tie, red ‘Damp Audience’ apron, orange Slave Pianos attire (two shirts, one pant), Slave Pianos kookaburra neck kerchief rings and sheet music holders, Slave Pianos music stands, floppy discs, 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl, Slave Pianos sickle bows, small Slave Pianos sign, books, posters – NGA, Oz Zen, bear (in tube), cassette tapes, some motor type thing, piano phone, ‘Damp Audience’ wine bottles, Slave Pianos chess pieces, moustache and nose novelty glasses, A3 and A4 files containing photos, posters, postcards, catalogues, artwork, scores, Under the Influence catalogues, large Slave Pianos sign. Installed 11 September to 16 November 2008. Commissioned for Under the Influence by the QUT Art Museum.

The Execution Protocol (II)

The Execution Protocol

The Execution Protocol, or Pianology: A Schema & Historo-Materialist Pro-gnostic. Work for audio triggered musical tesla coil, wire cage housing, midi to square-wave converter, Slave Piano mechanism, electric chair housing Bosendorfer grand piano and large security monitor, interactive computer teletype terminal operating Slave Piano mechanism and tesla coil, offset printed scores in display vitrines, wall mounted catalogue cards with score extracts, and archival materials in large display case.

Installed from 6 December 2008 - 28 February 2009. Commissioned for The Same River Twice: Part I by The Institute of Modern Art.

Scholte Gestalte

Scholte Gestalte

Scholte Gestalte:
A re-enactment of an investigation.

Proposed for production July 2010

Penalogical Pianology

Penalogical Pianology

PENALOGICAL PIANOLOGY
CRIME & DISCIPLINE & PUNISHMENT &c.
As Enacted Upon THE FATAL SHORE, 1788–2010
or The Inspection House versus New South Wales

Installation at Biennale of Sydney, May 12 to August 1, 2010

The Fatal Score

The Fatal Score

THE FATAL SCORE or THE SPECTACLE OF THE SCAFFOLD. (The Way Up and the Way Down are One and the Same) [50 min.] Soprano, actors, instruments, military band. 3pm, Sunday 16th May, 2010, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, NSW. Biennale of Sydney.

  • Programme: [html, pdf:A & B] (A4, 6pp)

New Cathaysia

NOTE C. NEW CATHAYSIA AND GONDWANALAND, A DIAGNOSIS

Victoria University of Wellington, Darren Knight Gallery & the Remembering the 20th Century Committee present: SLAVE PIANOS NOTE C. NEW CATHAYSIA AND GONDWANALAND, A DIAGNOSIS at Adam Art Gallery, Friday 18 June 2010, 8pm. A lecture demonstration for overhead-projector, two whiteboards, two data projectors, rapid wire and pulley mechanical communication system, audio-cassette machine, record player, two actors, violin, two clarinets, bassoon, EMS VCS3 and computer operated piano.

See Who’s Dying

See Who’s Dying

See Who’s Dying or The Last Stop West

Un-realised proposal, July 2010

The Execution Protocol (III)

The Execution Protocol (III) - Mutually Assured Production

Installation from May - July 2011 at Monash University Museum of Art.

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination

The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination

For actor, mechanised piano, control console, wall plotter.

Saturday 23 July 2011. 3.30 — 4.30 pm at Monash University Museum of Art.

Sedulur Gamelan/Gamelan Sisters

Sedulur Gamelan/Gamelan Sisters

Sedulur Gamelan (Gamelan Sisters) consists of two interlocking wooden structures that reconfigure elements of traditional Javanese architecture through the De Stijl philosophical principles of neoplasticism to create an abstraction of an 18th century double grand piano.

These two cases house 56 traditional Gamelan instruments from Yogyakarta that have been automated to function as a self-governing electro-mechanical orchestra, performing musical transcriptions of drawings by American artist Robert Smithson.

The work examines parallels and intersections between ancient Javanese mystical systems, the musical structures that traditionally articulated these, and the derivations and misconstruals of colonial European & post-colonial American visitors.

Visitors can select works to be performed by pressing the gilded triangles on the hexagonal console, which references Smithson’s 1968 sculpture Gyrostasis.

A Sedimentation of the Mind

A Sedimentation of the Mind

The Sedulur Gamelan plays music based on drawings by the 1960s earthworks artist Robert Smithson. Each composition is a displacement, a conversation with art conceived — but not necessarily made — over forty years ago.

As four musicians elaborate on the music of Sedulur Gamelan, Dr Chris McAuliffe narrates the story of these ‘displacements’ from the American landscape to Federation Square.

Featuring:

8pm Friday 28th February, NGV Australia

Reproducing Building

Reproducing Building

A scheme to transform RMIT University’s architectural landmark, the Design Hub, into a towering piano keyboard and digitally scrolling piano roll. The building is located on the corners of Swanston and Victoria Streets and was designed by Sean Godsell and Peddle Thorpe Architects.

The glass cells of the building’s second-skin on the southern and eastern walls will be internally illuminated. Computer controlled LEDs will animate a curated program of transcriptions of 20th century avant-garde art, architecture and experimental music.

In the ground floor piano control room a mechanically operated grand piano will perform the transcriptions in real time and will provide public access to detailed information about the works performed, housing scores, recordings, commentaries, working diagrams and archival materials. The performed music will also be transmitted over FM bandwidth for radio access by anyone in proximity to the building.

The Reproducing Building elaborates a concise and coherent visual and musical argument, transferring seminal art works ordinarily considered hermetic, arcane and esoteric into a public spectacle that is immediately obvious and humorous.

  • Architectural renderings: [jpeg]
  • Commentary: P. Tyndall [html,html]

Unrealised proposal in collaboration with Jean-Paul Rollo and Romas Kesminas.

The Lepidopters

The Lepidopters

  • PART I: MONA/FOMA #6. HOBART. 16 January 2014, 7.15pm & 9.15pm
  • PART II: YES NO WAVE. YOGYAKARTA. 21 & 22 March 2014, 8:00pm.
  • PART III: ASTRA / ARTS HOUSE. MELBOURNE. 12 April 2014, 3.00pm & 7.30pm; 13 April 2014, 5.00pm.
  • PART IV: DARWIN FESTIVAL. 20 August 2014, 7.00pm

The Lepidopters is a four-part science-fiction comic written by Mark von Schlegell (Semiotexte) and drawn and water-coloured by “Iwank” Erwan Hersi Susanto (Yellow Teeth Comics).

The comic nominally tells the story of an invasion of the Indonesian archipelago by alien moths, who plan to colonise Earth by engaging in inter-species reproduction.

But the text is also a cipher, correlating works by seminal American artist Robert Smithson with the work of SLAVE PIANOS and the multi-disciplinary Yogyakarta art collective Punkasila, and connecting these to ancient Javanese mystical systems, the musical structures that traditionally articulated these, and the derivations and misconstruals of colonial European & post-colonial American visitors.

Derived from the comic, The Lepidopters: A Science-Fiction Space-Opera is a three-part work for choir, virtuoso keyboard player, just-intonation mystic-punk band, automated gamelan, flute, clarinet, electric guitar, organ, percussion, electronics and video.

Central to the staging of The Lepidopters is the Sedulur Gamelan, two large interlocking wooden structures built to house a self-governing electro-mechanical Slave Gamelan.

The Lepidopters spirals out from this locus, connecting the work of Robert Smithson, who was closely engaged with the radical re-imaginings of early 70’s experimental science-fiction, with the work of his contemporaries David Behrman, Takehisa Kosugi and Eduard Artemyev, composers of progressive and experimental musics whose work evolved in the expanded sonic landscapes opened onto by analogue electronics, and in the interior fictive landscapes of utopian and dystopian visions that characterise the writings of Phillip K. Dick, Stanisław Lem and Alice Sheldon referenced in von Schlegell’s text.

Other aspects of the work, the staging, the costumes, the design of new instruments, the films and animations to be projected during the performance, and the accompanying printed programme materials, are also pre-imaged within the comic.

SLAVE PIANOS

SYNOPSIS

SLAVE PIANOS have surely justified their motto, “Nothing Human is Alien to Us”. Co-founded in Australia in 1998, its members have made music, pulled hoaxes, divorced, married, and even given birth. Slave Pianos have taken hostages, grown flowers, kept pets, written books, volunteered as human guinea pigs for medical research, played cricket, held picnics, put on plays, saved lives, studied, committed arson, committed suicide, murdered, raped, pushed drugs, gone mad, formed a union, and found God. SLAVE PIANOS are Michael Stevenson, Danius Kesminas, Neil Kelly and Rohan Drape. Slave Pianos are represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.

Slave Pianos, Sedulur Gamelan/Gamelan Sisters, Work (Bibliography)

National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Now [Exhibition Guide]. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. Published for the exhibition Melbourne Now, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, 22 November 2013 – 23 March 2014.

National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne Now [Exhibition Catalogue]. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013. With essays by Max Delany, Fleur Watson, Isobel Crombie, Nikos Papastergiadis, Maggie Finch, Judith Ryan, Simon Maidment and Jane Devery.

Slave Pianos, The Lepidopters, Work (Credits)

  1. MONA/FOMA photographs: Lara Merrington (MONA), Remi Chauvin, Daniel Boud
  2. NORTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL photographs: Ponch Hawkes
  3. DARWIN FESTIVAL photographs: Elise Derwin

Slave Pianos, Sedulur Gamelan/Gamelan Sisters, Work (Credits)

  1. Wayang studio photographs: Edwin ‘Dolly’ Roseno

Slave Pianos, The Gift: Redaction and Decontamination, Work (Credits)

  1. Photographs: Andrius Lipsys
  2. Video: Ash Koek

Slave Pianos, The Execution Protocol (III), Work (Credits)

  1. Installation photographs: Christian Capurro

Slave Pianos, New Cathaysia, Work (Credits)

  1. Still photographs: Sally Ann McIntyre, Thomasin Sleigh
  2. Video recording: Sally Ann McIntyre
  3. Audio recording: Bernie Gruschow

Slave Pianos, Penalogical Pianology, Work (Credits)

  1. Workshop photographs: Andrius Lipsys
  2. Workshop materials: Suspension City
  3. Gallows plans (drawings): Antanas Kesminas
  4. Gallows model: Antanas Kesminas
  5. Gallows model photographs: Romas Kesminas

Slave Pianos, The Execution Protocol (II), Work (Credits)

  1. Installation photographs: Richard Stringer

Slave Pianos, SLAVE PIANOS: A diagnosis, 1998–2001, Work (Credits)

  1. Studio photographs: Andrius Lipsys
  2. Texts: Rob Adlington, John McDonald, Giovanni Intra, Mark von Schlegell
  3. Editing: Christoph Keller