Slave Pianos, The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear, Press Release

The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear

For Immediate Release

SLAVE PIANOS, in association with the CHINA ART OBJECTS, present “The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear”, a recital and installation of artists’ music and sound works.


  1. Post-pop sensation Adawo, fronted by painter Jon Campbell, performing material by Martin Creed’s Owada

  2. The experimental noise trio Flubb performing works by LA artists Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, Jim Shaw & Paul McCarthy (world premiere)

  3. DJ KUYA, 1999 Australian ITF DJ champion and three time winner of the DMC DJ championships, cutting breaks from the SLAVE ARCHIVE acetate (Australian premiere)

  4. A performance of Composition 11 - audio roulette for three turntables by SLAVE PIANOS New York collaborator DJ Olive the audio janitor by the controversial artists’ collective, DAMP (Australian premiere)

  5. Recompositions for trombone choir, violin, percussion and computer generated tape of works by Jean Tinguely, Bruce Nauman, John Baldessari, and Christian Boltanski, arrangements by Rohan Drape, Neil Kelly, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey (Australian premiere)

  6. Stage design by Jon Campbell and Callum Morton


The Public Office Carpark 
2nd Floor 100 Adderley St West Melbourne
Saturday February 26th 2000
Performances start at 8.15pm, Bar Opens 7.30 pm 
Free Admission. 

SLAVE PIANOS is an organisation devoted to the collection, analysis, performance, and recomposition of sound work by visual artists. In the last year SLAVE PIANOS have presented exhibitions and performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Glasgow, Kassel and New York; and have collaborated with DJ Olive, the Flux String Quartet, the Elektra String Quartet, Barney McAll and the Anti-JAZZ Bentet, , Robbie Rhodes (Mechanical Music Association), the Astra Chamber Music Society, Latrobe University & QRS research division.


Founding Members: Michael Stevenson, Danius Kesminas, Neil Kelly, Rohan Drape.

Associates: Anthony Pateras, Barney McAll, Jon Campbell.

Slave Pianos are performing in St Petersburg’s Sergey Kuyokhin International Festival in April 2000, and will be installed at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra from July.

The SLAVE PIANOS ARCHIVE includes works by: Magdelena Abakanowicz, Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Hany Armanious, John Baldessari, John Barleycorn, Joseph Beuys, John Borofsky, Louise Bourgeois, Glen Branca, George Brecht, L. Budd, Chris Burden, David Byrne, Jon Campbell, Ciurlionis, Tony Clark, Domenico de Clario, Martin Creed, Julian Dashper, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Terence Fox, Katharina Fritsch, Marco Fusinato, Dan Graham, Jeny Holzer, Joe Jones, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Martin Kippenberger, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sergei Kuryokhin, Louise Lawler, Thomas Lawson, Richard Long, Marinetti, Paul McCarthy, Bruce McLean, Daniel Malone, Christian Marclay, Jonas Mekas, Milkstar, Thurston Moore, Bruce Nauman, Herman Nitsch, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Ousler, Nam June Paik, Martin Popperwell, Stephen Prina, Dieter Roth, Kurt Merz Schwitters, Ross Sinclair, Solver, Ricky Swallow, Takis, D M Thomas, Jean Tinguely, Peter Tyndall, Ronnie van Hout, Bill Viola, Lawrence Weiner, Emmett Williams and David Wojnarowicz.

This Saturday’s event coincides with the opening of the SLAVE PIANOS exposition at CHINA ART OBJECTS 833 Chung King Rd Los Angeles California 90012, co-ordinated by Michael Stevenson.

Slave Pianos, The Compromised Economy of Desire and Fear, Invitation