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

( – )

Slave Pianos Publications

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.

Year
1999
Media
Ephemera
Medium
limited edition boxed set of 17 offset printed sheet music
Dimensions
30.0 x 25.0 x 5.0 cm box
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2001
Accession number
363.2001.a-q