Nellie"s Needles

Monday, October 18, 2010

ArtPrize - Making Music

There were a number of ArtPrize entries that featured music.  This one, "Accord", by Bree Gomez exhibited outside at the Grand Rapids Art Museum was voted into the Top 25.
The description written for ArtPrize is:
Accord is a dynamic and engaging sculpture comprised of strands of light that are interwoven within a metal structure. Upon investigation, a sonar beam emitted from within the sculpture captures movement and converts it into recognizable tunes such as the violin and flute. The lights (strings) then respond to the sound generated by movement. By utilizing the captivating medium of sound, light and metal, Accord provokes interaction and dialogue.

The sound component of Accord enables those with limited mobility an opportunity to communicate using sound.
Here are young viewers interacting with it to make their own music complete with a light show ...

Another sound sculpture was "The Benchmark Experience" exhibited along the river front at DeVos Place by Scott Naylor.  It was voted to be among the Top 75.
There was "soft" rock'n roll music piped from the speakers above each molded chaise seat which housed the woofers so you could feel the beat.  For me and Lee it was a welcome respite to get off our feet and to enjoy a "moment alone".
It, too, lit up at night ...
My favorite making music ArtPrize entry was "Street Pianos ... Play Me, I'm Yours" by Luke Jerram.  It, too, was voted into the Top 25.
Play Me, I'm Yours has reached almost three quarters of a million people in cities stretching from London to Sydney. Sites are found where there is an existing hidden community or where we feel a piano may be values (park, bus stop, bridge, etc.) Each piano has a local custodian - someone who works in a shop or opub next door. It is an unpaid job, keeping any eye on the piano, covering it if raining, and reporting major problems or issues that arise. Pianos are placed to target specific parts of the Art Prize perimeter, reaching different sections of society. The pianos can be played by anyone, anytime or used for concerts, lessons, sing-alongs, street parties, charity events, music videos - whatever! A Street Piano website accompanies the project and documents everyone's creativity and contains films, photos and comments posted by the public, connecting communities and also providing maps of piano locations. Pianos are donated to a good home after the completion of Art Prize.
There was lots of participation ...
Colleen Kole and I enjoyed this fellow's street corner concert.
Lee surprised me with a rendition of "Chop Sticks" on this one placed outside of DeVos Place.


West Michigan Quilter said...

Wonderful post. Great pictures. Thanks.

Heather said...

Fascinating post Nellie. I love those 'musical' sculptures - the one you tried out looked quite comfortable. It is especially good for young people to be able to interact with sculptures - so often they are told not to touch. Great fun for all ages.

Nellie's Needles said...

The artist who sculpted "Accord" sent this email:

Hi Nellie,
My name is Bree Gomez and I just stumbled upon your awesome blog about ArtPrize. I wanted to send you these photos of Accord if you are interested.

Hope all is well and thank you for the coverage!!
Kind regards,
Bree Gomez
I replaced the very pixilated photos that I took from the internet with her high quality ones. Thank you, Bree.