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Sound Series: Gerard Crewdson – Serpent Songs / Windshadows
WED 20 Jun - SAT 7 Jul 2018
12PM - 6PM
Blindside, Melbourne
Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St
Wheelchair Accessible

FREE

Gerard Crewdson, annotated conceptual sketches for Serpent Songs / Windshadows, 2018. Courtesy the artist
Serpent Songs / Windshadows

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

Performance

Opening performance by Gerard Crewdson | THU 21 Jun, 6PM – 8PM – Facebook
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.

Gerard Crewdson, born in New Zealand/Aoteoroa in 1954 is a dual New Zealand/Australian citizen. Over a nomadic career of collaboration, now spanning over 40 years, Gerard Crewdson has developed a highly personal experimental and interdisciplinary practice. After graduating from Sydney University College of the Arts in 1992, Gerard developed 3D printmaking and paper-making processes using plant-based and recycled materials to create sculptural work. A musician and performer, specialising in low brass (trombone and tuba), Gerard is a member of Braille Collective, New Zealand; Splinter Orchestra, Sydney and Pyramid Club, New Zealand. Exploring non-hierarchical, open-ended, group composition and improvisation, he is currently creating bicycle mounted illuminated sculptures with Lucid Dream Bike, New Zealand.

Presented in partnership with Blindside and Audio Foundation

acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging

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