An interview with Instrument Builders Project founders and co-curators Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern by Serena Bentley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
The third iteration and the first Australian presentation of The Instrument Builders Project opened on Saturday 1 November at the NGV Studio in Melbourne. 400 people (and little people) attended and made an almighty racket. The instruments looked and sounded incredible.
'Spinningfields' by Lintang Radittya, Michael Candy and Andreas Siagian. Made from aluminium, wood, bamboo spinning tops, copper wire, electronic synthesisers, tikar mat
Bird Organ by Dale Gorfinkel, Michael Candy and Wukir Suryadi. Made from plastic tubes, ceramic bird warbler whistles, water, bamboo flute, bird cages, air compressor, 8 channel valve bank with plywood keyboard.
Noble Wave by Michael Candy, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Pia van Gelder The videography was done by Marcus Salvagno. Made from Electronics and sounded by Mount Feathertop. The Noble Wave was made by a Gurdy Gurpy, RF Biosynth, Squaresynth, Kuasa Wukir, 8bit Mixtape Analogue, WindAmp, radio
Nadalaut: As Above So Below by Andreas Siagian and Dale Gorfinkel. Made with aluminum vibraphone bars, shells, meccano wheels, DC motors, wood, fishing line, metal hooks, fan.
Time Hammer by Wukir Suryadi. Made with a wooden hammer, hinges, rope and handle, electronics, motor, garden sprinkler, clock, L.E.D lights, wall mural and text.
Table Hurdy Gurdy by Wukir Suryadi, Michael Candy. Made with a table, electronics, servo motors, guitar parts, figurines, ceremic tea set and scrapbook.
From Wednesday to Saturday the IBP workshop will open its doors to the public. There will be freeform music jams, an expanded listening program, synth building and the closing party. All Welcome!
Andreas Siagian is an artist, engineer and internet troll, a cross disciplinary artist with an engineering background focusing on creative communities, alternative education, DIY/DIWO culture and interdisciplinary collaboration in art, science and technology.