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Interview with the IBP curators for the NGV

Interview with the IBP curators for the NGV
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.

IBP3 Opening Party at the NGV

IBP3 Opening Party at the NGV
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.

IBP3 Public Progams starts this Wednesday!

IBP3 Public Progams starts this Wednesday!
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!

Sounds from the cage

Sounds from the cage
(by Dale Gorfinkel) At customs, on arrival back in Australia, I took the ‘Nothing to Declare’ queue because it seemed to be moving faster. People generally like things to move faster, right? Customs checks traveller’s bags for items containing wood, plant and skin or animal materials. This is to protect local agriculture. Meanwhile, petroleum based products,...

Reflections on connections

Reflections on connections
or Why join this to that to do this or that, or indeed anything at all? (by Peter Blamey) Since the IBP ended I’ve been trying to get a handle on a few significant things about connectivity, materials and context that occurred to me during the course of the project, but it’s proving to be...

between two trees, between two ears

between two trees, between two ears
(By Caitlin Franzmann) One of the folklores identified with the Alun Alun Kidul is masangin, the ritual of walking through the twin banyan trees blindfolded. It is believed that those having pure hearts can walk directly through the two sacred trees...

The Power of Pamor Ujung Gunung

The Power of Pamor Ujung Gunung
Wukir Suryadi, Peter Blamey The Power of Pamor Ujung Gunung, 2014 keris, tea tree branch, copper wire, amplifiers 1. The Keris   Keris is a dagger (sharp-edged on both sides) with many cultural functions known in west and central part of Nusantara. It’s got a distinctive shape of asymmetrical handle, wavy blade, and most often would...

IBP 2014 Exhibition

IBP 2014 Exhibition
The Instrument Builders Project will be opening this Friday 11 April at 5.30pm at iCAN Jl Suryodinigratan 39. Parking available at LAF...

IBP DIWO

IBP DIWO
(by Dale Gorfinkel) I remember something Tintin said about growing up in Indonesia and not learning anything at school about China or Russia, two countries that seem to take up a massive proportion of the world and aren’t that far away from Indonesia.

Brain ripples

Brain ripples
(By Caitlin Franzmann) Following on from my last post; I had circular spaces on my mind.  While spending some time at Kunci Cultural Studies Centre I noticed a well in the garden and thought about this perfect resonant space and its connection to an important cultural space. Joel and I started discussing ideas about KUNCI...