Fresh Music For Rotten Vegetables — Tank London

By Karl Heinz Jeron • 10 Mar 2011

Workshop: Thurs.10 March.2010 2-6pm

Private View: Thurs.17 March.2010 6-9pm

Exhibition: Fri.18.March.2011- Sat.26. Mar.2011

A workshop and a participatory installation with DIY sound devices. The devices will be powered and controlled by fruits and vegetables.

Tank is proud to present a unique sound installation by German artist Karl-Heinz Jeron. The idea for Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetables stems from Jeron’s interest in how work, products and art are valued.
Rotten vegetables are not waste but a valuable commodity from which energy and industry can be drawn.
Jeron has designed the exhibition based around a series of workshops where attendees will source waste food locally, build a unique sound device from simple components and add each one to the installation.
By the close of show the orchestra will be sixty or so strong, emitting a cacophony of bleeps, beeps and hums.

Each device will be tuned and setup to make them create a semi-aleatoric musical piece. In aleatory music aspects such as the ordering of a piece’s sections, its rhythms, and even its pitches are decided at the moment of performance. Also called “chance music,” aleatory music has been produced in abundance since 1945 by several composers, the most notable being John Cage, Pierre Boulez, and Iannis Xenakis.
Within this project the chance aspect will be achieved by the change of the electrochemical state of the fruits/vegetables which will affect the tone, timbre and loudness.

This exhibition exemplifies Jeron’s objective to subtly shift in social perceptions through engaging the audience in “artistic” practice. While waste and energy consumption are central to current world wide debates and politics, Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetables introduces the idea of potential alternative solutions within a local environment. Basic principles of turning the chemical energy from potatoes or carrots into electricity demonstrate a potential industry literally going to waste.

In these workshops each attendant will make their own sound device which will be added to the installation. You will be able to collect your sound device after the exhibition is over and keep it. The fee includes all the parts and tools needed to make the device. Ideal for students, community groups, teachers, and anyone who is interested in taking part. We encourage the project to continue and can provide information on how to do realise the project yourself. There are twelve places available per workshop.
Age 10-99 years. Each workshop will last about 4 hours. Fee: £5 per person.

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