12 Motor Bells Acquired by National Gallery of Canada
I've just heard from Ken Gregory that his interactive audio installation 12 Motor Bells has been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada for its collection of contemporary art.
Ken Gregory, who is based in Winnipeg, works with DIY interface design, hardware hacking, audio, video and computer programming to craft unique artworks that range in form from gallery installation and live performance to radio broadcast and custom software.
12 Motor Bells is an audio installation in which microprocessor technology and machines collide with the human body. In the work, 12 fire alarm motor bells are suspended from the ceiling. Small AC motors, activated by a computer, spin soft brushes against the bells, causing the bells to vibrate acoustically at a low volume. The mechanism is activated by the presence and movement of people in the gallery space.
The National Gallery of Canada, which has been collecting media art since the 1970s, focuses on experimental works. The Gallery includes among its holdings films by Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, David Rimmer, and Barbara Sternberg. Other recent acquisitions in the Gallery's collection of contemporary art include Douglas
Gordon’s video installation Play Dead: Real Time (2003), and Janet
Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller’s The Paradise Institute (2001). Kitty Scott is the Curator of Contemporary Art
at the Gallery.
The National Gallery of Canada website: http://www.gallery.ca