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Piano Transplants

Piano Burning

Annea Lockwood, curated by Lawrence English

FRI 10 JUNE

5PM START

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A derelict piano's goes up in flames for its final performance.
Piano Burning

On the banks of the River Thames, flames engulf an upright piano. Smoke intermingles with melody as the instrument slowly transforms into a new state of matter.

In 1968, New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood performed Piano Burning, the first official work in her series of Piano Transplants—a series of radical interventions with Western music’s most iconic instrument. The works speak to the transformation of objects, matter, energy and art.

Lockwood’s Piano Transplants are seminal sound works that expand the art of composition’s edges to include the chaotic addition of natural forces. At sites across Melbourne, three of Lockwood’s TransplantsPiano Burning, Piano Drowning and Piano Garden will see the grand instrument overwhelmed by plants, submerged by water and consumed by fire.

Session Details

FRI 10 JUNE

5PM START

BIRRARUNG MARR

Credits

IMAGES:

PIANO BURNING BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD, 1968. PHOTO: GREG HARMS

PIANO BURNING BY ANNEA LOCKWOOD. PHOTO: GEOFF ADAMS

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