Design Tasmania presents a new exhibition, Organology | The Examiner

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Organology. It’s the science of musical instruments and their classifications, and it’s also the most recent exhibit to be unveiled at Design Tasmania. The collection of instruments made by masters – such as electrophones, aerophones, membranophones, idiophones and chordophones – on display are all related to Tasmania in one way or another. The exhibition features works by Mat Ward, Dylan Banks, Scot Cotterell, Martin Blackwell, Dr Karlin Love, Garry Greenwood, Marcus Tatton, Dan Magnus, Emily Sheppard, Roger Bodley, Chris Henderson, Daniel Brauchli, Grant Maddock, Paul Barter, Mark Gilbert, and Rex Greeno. READ MORE: UTAS investigating historic staff underpayments that could span years Bodley’s work stemmed specifically from his plot around violinist Emily Sheppard and his musical inspiration – fronds of kelp in the waters around the coast of Tasmania. Although Bodley usually revolves around the use of wood, clay, steel and stone, he has always been more interested in offbeat pursuits. “[Sheppard] got some old chunks of kelp and found out you could kind of dig it up…which when dried had a very resonant sound,” he said. “So she used that in her music, and I went up to her after the gig and said it’s fascinating how the kelp has gotten so hard and stiff. I said if it goes like this, then theoretically you should be able to make a fiddle case out of kelp. It was then that Bodley began working on his creation, to make a violin out of kelp that Sheppard would be able to play. The artist obtained kelp and cut it to then sew it with hemp and waxed thread. . The whole thing started out as a smooth piece of leather and hardened into a wrinkled thing,” Bodley said. I put kelp in the freezer because I didn’t want it to come off…and found it actually behaved like quite thick leather. So I started from there.” Bodley then asked his friend and fellow exhibiting artist Chris Henderson to get involved in the work. “We found that we could heat it, cut it, shape it, and then cool again. It was the essence of mine because I stayed with the couture,” Bodley said. Henderson took a different path to create his violin works, but the two sets of works complement each other in the exhibit.” He calls mine agricultural and I call his punk,” Bodley said. “I did six in total. I think Chris did three in total and started analyzing the sound to play notes and analyze them. “He was invaluable in determining what we can do and what the limitations of the hardware were.” Organology was curated by Natalie Holtsbaum and presented for Mona Foma 2022. The work is on display until April 17. What do you think ? Send us a letter to the editor:

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