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Reappropriating Museum Collections: Performing Geology Specimens and Meterology Data as New Instruments for Musical Expression.

Lookup NU author(s): Professor John Bowers, Timothy Shaw



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In this paper we describe an artistic response to a collection of natural history museum artefacts, developed as part of a residency organised around a public participatory workshop. Drawing on a critical literature in studies of material culture, the work incorporated data sonification, image audification, field recordings and created a number of instruments for exploring geological artefacts and meterological data as aesthetic material. The residency culminated in an exhibition presented as a ‘sensorium’ for the sensory exploration of museum objects. In describing the methods and thinking behind the project this paper presents an alternative approach to engaging artists and audiences with local heritage and museum archives, which draws on research in NIME and allied literatures, and which is devoted to enlivening collections as occasions for varied interpretation, appropriation and aesthetic response.

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Author(s): Bowers J, Shaw T

Editor(s): Caramiaux,B;Tahiroğlu,K;Fiebrink,R;Tanaka,A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: NIME 14: New Interfaces for Musical Expression.

Year of Conference: 2014

Online publication date: 04/07/2014

Acceptance date: 22/05/2014

Date deposited: 05/05/2016

ISSN: 2220-4806

Publisher: NIME


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ISBN: 9781906897291