Baroque Cello Project

Cardiff Art Now

Posted by PH on October 25, 2014
Music & Technology, Painting, Visual Culture / 1 Comment

The evening of Thursday 23rd October.

The Baroque Cello Project
At the urging of my better half we ventured up to Arcade Cardiff and the Baroque Cello Project. I had no idea what to expect, but in very simple terms it’s a collaborative piece based around the building of (yes, you guessed it…) a Baroque cello, the constituent elements being the cello itself, the bits of wood left over, a piece composed for the cello, and a soundscape produced from the sounds generated by the luthier when building the instrument. The conceptual underpinning could therefore be summed up in a single sentence from the hand-out: what happens when the disregarded is given the same close attention as the instrument?

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Overall impression: pleasantly surprised. I was particularly interested in the decision by the artist, Leona Jones, not to manipulate the found sounds. More performances scheduled in the next couple of weeks: details on their website.

Artes Mundi
Further up then to the National Museum of Wales and the private view for the 6th Artes Mundi International Art Exhibition and Prize.

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Chocolate sculpture: smells fabulous…

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Mmmmm… chocolate. Next up, a Health & Safety catastrophe waiting to happen:

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Back to the electric goat. Whatever else you make of it, it produces a lovely sound:

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Needless to say the place was heaving, and so it was very difficult to concentrate on the works themselves. Still, as a show it’s clearly got a really interesting and challenging mix of approaches, materials, and intention on display. We’ll be going back for a more considered appreciation.
And you’d have to say it’s great to see such a major event happening in Cardiff. Nice…

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