Chordophone: A Break in the Noise.
date. Feb 2020
medium. steel, wire, wood
size. 170cm x 175cm
'Material/Alliances'. Copeland Gallery. Peckham. 22/02/20
This project is supported by the Mead Final Project Award.
This musical instrument is individual and free from any pre-existing cultural connotations and in it's absurd scale and only having three strings which move out of tune easily, it doesn't fit with conventional musical structures.
The shape refers to hexagonal structures in nature, for example; bees honeycomb or the basalt rocks of The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
This work was shown as a work-in-progress at the Copeland Gallery, Peckham. After a short improvised performance by myself and my sister Dara who is also a musician, the audience were invited to interact with the work to make abstract music by plucking the strings and create rhythms by hitting the metal frame. This created a playful space for non-verbal communication, creative expression and listening.
Further development of this work has been temporarily postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.