Adrian Dannatt. Duchamp and Beuys, Not Debussy and Beethoven. The Art Newspaper, 99, January 2000

Duchamp and Beuys, not Debussy and Beethoven

Last month, a series of avant-garde Australian events was staged under the resonant title, “Slave Pianos ¡¡Emancipate the dissonance!!” This three day mini-festival of mayhem at Lombard-Freid’s former SoHo space featured visual artists’ music and sound-art whacked out on the frightening “Slave piano”, a computer-controlled mechanical piano player created by the young Australian multi-media mavericks Mike Stevenson and Danius Kesminas which they use to explore the history and practices of visual artists working with sound. The repertoire ran front Mike Kelley to Tinguely, Beuys to Duchamp, with notably scary contributions from Yoko Ono and Chris Burden. Apparently, the artists originally created this piano as a critique of public perception of Australia as a hotbed of pianism due to films such as “The piano” and “Shine.”

Adrian Dannatt

Adrian Dannatt. Duchamp and Beuys, Not Debussy and Beethoven. The Art Newspaper, 99, January 2000

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