The Music Man
German artist-composer Erwin Stache, has spent 20 years creating instruments from objects and industrial machines, striking a new chord from old, recycled materials.
Stache studies the history of each object, their everyday use, the character of the exhibition space and, most importantly, how the public will interact with the exhibits. This month, the Goethe Institute hosts three installations by Stache in his first Spanish exhibition, which will occupy the entire hall of the Institute until February 15th.
The first installation, Orquesta de relojes de cuco, is composed of stripped back cuckoo clocks, each one singing, in a series of different tones and voices, anything from Beethoven to La Marseillaise. The second installation, Manos, consists of eight sensitive areas placed behind the windows at the entrance to the Goethe Institut, which, when touched, trigger rhythmic, arrhythmic and offbeat noises and tones—playing with the perception of rhythm. In the third and final installation, No cuelgue, manténgase a la espera, dial tones of an old phone are transformed into music and voices from around the world.
The exhibition opens on January 24th with a performance from the artist himself using his musical creations. Click here for more information.