Slave Pianos, Non-Objective Labour, Press Release

Slave Pianos
127 Charles St Abbotsford, Vic, 3067
Phone: –613–9419 0206
Fax: –613–96392641

SLAVE PIANOS PERFORM AT SERGEY KURYOKHIN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, ST PETERSBURG AND MOSCOW

April 14th–20th, 2000

SLAVE PIANOS, in association with the SERGEY KURYOKHIN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, present a recital and installation of artists’ music and sound works.

Featuring:

  1. THE KRASNYI STRING QUARTET at THE BALTYISKI DOM THEATRE and
  2. THE SLAVE PIANO (a computer controlled mechanical piano playing device)

performing arrangements and recompositions of works by leading twentieth century visual artists.

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, Los Angeles and New York; and have collaborated with DJ Olive, the Flux String Quartet, the Elektra String Quartet, Barney McAll and the Anti-JAZZ Bentet, Adawo, Flubb, Damp, Robbie Rhodes (Mechanical Music Association), the Astra Chamber Music Society, Latrobe University and QRS research division. The show will be installed at the Australian National Gallery, Canberra from July 2000.

SLAVE PIANOS are Australians: Michael Stevenson, Danius Kesminas, Neil Kelly, Rohan Drape. SLAVE PIANOS seeks to broaden the knowledge, appreciation and understanding of sound works created by people who are predominantly known in the field of the visual arts. To this end, they have created an ongoing archive documenting these works in sound. Original recordings from the archive have been recomposed, arranged and transcribed for piano and string quartet, jazz bands, rock bands, computer generated tape, brass and other ensembles.

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.