2016 House Programs Cultural Collisions - Page 16

WHERE Be enchanted and awed by Rodney Berry’s living organ composed from weather balloons and pipes set in the atmospheric Old Quad, the historic centre of the University of Melbourne. Old Quadrangle University of Melbourne WHEN M T W T F S S 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 TIMES Fri Sat & Sun THE VITAL ORGAN & THE LAUNDRY ORGAN 2PM & 4.15PM 2PM, 4.15PM & 6.30PM Grainger’s self-designed instruments seemed to possess a life and soul of their own. Artist Rodney Berry’s musical ‘organs’ take it one step further: instruments that breathe and sing, inspired by Grainger’s Free Music Machines. Built from the most unlikely of materials, Berry’s musical machines are organs for a secular age. His Vital Organ uses PVC pipes and weather balloons to create an instrument that exhales, while Percy’s Laundry Organ repurposes washing machine parts, rubber, a vacuum cleaner and more to pay tribute to Grainger’s experimental designs. As enchanting as they are alien, these artificial lifeforms straddle the same boundaries between the worldly and the sublime that drove Grainger’s often outrageous artistic quest. Rodney Berry is an artist, composer, lecturer and researcher whose practice has ranged from sculptural musical instruments and sound installations to computer-based interactive artworks. THE LAUNDRY ORGAN As you make your way across campus be sure to visit Rodney Berry’s Laundry Organ - a Free Music Machine composed of everyday domestic objects. The Laundry Organ sits silently in the heritage-listed underground car park until, at the press of a button, it whoops, gurgles and grinds its cacophonic tribute to Grainger. 17