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Piano Transplants by Annea Lockwood

Radical interventions of fire, water and life transform an iconic instrument.

Performances & Gigs

Event Details

Category

Performances & Gigs

Event Starts

Jun 1, 2022

Event Ends

Jun 12, 2022

On the banks of the River Thames, flames engulf an upright piano. Smoke intermingles with melody as the instrument slowly transforms into a new state of matter.

In 1968, New Zealand composer Annea Lockwood performed Piano Burning, the first official work in her series of Piano Transplants—a series of radical interventions with Western music’s most iconic instrument. The works speak to the transformation of objects, matter, energy and art.

Lockwood’s Piano Transplants are seminal sound works that expand the art of composition’s edges to include the chaotic addition of natural forces. At sites across Melbourne, three of Lockwood’s Transplants—Piano Burning, Piano Drowning and Piano Garden will see the grand instrument overwhelmed by plants, submerged by water and consumed by fire.

Presented by The Substation and RISING Melbourne.

DATES & TIMES
Wednesday 1 June–Sunday 12 June 2022

PIANO GARDEN
Location: King’s Domain
Wednesday 1 June–Sunday 12 June 2022

PERFORMANCES
Friday 3 June 2022 – Times to be announced
Saturday 4 June 2022 – Times to be announced
Friday 10 June 2022 – Times to be announced
Saturday 11 June 2022 – Times to be announced

PIANO DROWNING
Location: Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Wednesday 1 June–Sunday 12 June 2022

PERFORMANCES
Duration: Approx. 15min
1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Saturday, 11 June 2022

PIANO BURNING
Location: Lower Terrace, Birrarung Marr

PERFORMANCE
Duration: Approx. 3hr
5pm Friday, 10 June 2022

CREDITS
Artist: Annea Lockwood
Curator: Lawrence English
Performer: Vanessa Tomlinson


For more information visit https://thesubstation.org.au/program/piano-transplants