TWO SOUND INSTALLATIONS BY ERNIE ALTHOFF
for events run by the Moonee Valley City Council.
PEN AND INK in a 10 x 10 x 8 ft shipping container converted into a
transportable exhibition space, and
CAFE POINTS in the rear foyer of the building.
The Incinerator Arts Complex, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds (Melway 28
Cover events and access times:
1. "The Quiet Music Festival", Sunday 11 May, 1-7.30 pm. See
Quiet Music Festival
for the total festival line-up, including installations,
performances and workshops. Tickets $22/18
2. "aRtECYCLE" an exhibition of ephemeral sculptural installations.
Twilight opening on Wednesday 14 May 6-8 pm. Then through to
Sunday 1 June on Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 am-4 pm. (Probably a
better time to listen and observe.)
Gentle and low volume rubbing, scraping and clicking sounds emanate from
the metal strapping sounding elements of the work PEN AND INK.
Polystyrene cups attached to the metal pieces are used as simple
acoustic amplifiers and harmonic filters. The longest metal piece is set
in motion by contact with a small record-player turntable placed inside
the black bamboo tripod support frame. The bamboo is home-grown, and
bent to its unusual shape during early growth stages. The title refers
to the work's monochrome shade and stark calligraphic appearance.
CAFE POINTS features a line of eight rotating small wooden table-like
structures which rub, nudge and bump a set of eight counter-weighted
aluminium chimes and eight rectangular tinplate gongs, against which
suspended pieces of scallop shells are allowed to clatter, providing a
sound-world made up of sustained pitch material and, in direct contrast,
short rattles and clicks and low-end booming frequency bands. As is
usual with the artist's work, nothing is overly loud, inviting listener
concentration. All materials are low budget, recycled and
re-appropriated. The title refers to the row of tables, and the 'food'
still on them.