SERPENT SONGS / WINDSHADOWS | Gerard Crewdson

For SOUND SERIES 2018, Gerard Crewdson presents site-specific acoustic sound sculptures.

Art Exhibition previously on at BLINDSIDE in Flinders Lane precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 20 June 2018 to Saturday 07 July 2018
Launch Thursday 21 June 2018, 6-8 pm

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The centrepiece of the exhibition is a natural horn, nearly 5 metres long, made from a single hollow tube (like a didgeridoo) and played with a mouthpiece (like a Swiss alphorn). The horn resembles a ‘serpent’ – not only the creature – but also the instrument of that name which was the predecessor of the modern-day tuba.

Low brass instruments have traditionally been associated with raising the voices of the dead in both Western and non-Western cultures. These are the ‘serpent songs’ of the title but also the ‘windshadows’ – a compound word taken from a Paul Celan poem, Weiss Und Leicht / White and Light. This might be read as a wind of shades, of ghosts, blowing over the genocidal landscape of post WWII Europe.

BLINDSIDE stands upon stolen, never ceded Wurundjeri land – a genocidal landscape with its own wind of shades, of ghosts, of voices lost or never heard. Crewdson’s other sound sculptures – a ‘Rice Wheel’ and ‘Plum Stone’ – generate sound through gravity-produced falling motion, thereby also acknowledging the Wurundjeri ground upon which the gallery and surrounding city, stand.

Opening Performance Gerard Crewdson creates a live sound track for TERRIBILITA, a visual narrative from Cinema of the Poor. Gerard will play a baritone horn, soprano trombone and other acoustic noise-makers.

Extended Performance Program arranged by Jeff Henderson, Audio Foundation New Zealand in partnership with Liquid Architecture.

SOUND SERIES 2018 BLINDSIDE partners with Liquid Architecture.

Opening Night Thursday 21 Jun, 6–8pm
Closed on Public Holidays