Carillon [Musical box] – Opera per Archi


Carillon [Musical Box] – Opera per Archi is a multimedia work presented as a wall-mounted sculptural installation with sound.

It was conceived and designed by Letizia Cariello, who was assisted in the production by the Brescia-based Galleria Massimo Minini. It is sponsored and promoted by Axa Art, with the support of LCA Studio Legale.

The piece developed out of the partnership with Axa Art, from whom the artist received a number of damaged musical instruments to be restored to life as part of an interactive artwork.

Carillon – Opera per Archi consists of two cellos, two bows and a mechanical echo chamber, assembled with polished steel structures, joined by two steel and red velvet discs. A sound system complements and completes the installation.

Viewers can rotate the cellos by hand. As they slowly return to their original position, they emit the sounds of the Sun and the rings of Saturn, as recorded in space.

All this unfolds by means of a mechanical procedure that recalls both a musical box and a metronome. In this way, the ‘dead’ musical instruments acquire a new voice. The voice of space.

The speakers are hidden inside the damaged cellos.

The work operates with a mechanical rather than an electrical system, allowing the bows to turn and the cellos to move through the arc of a circle.

/ Carillon Opera per Archi, Palazzo Borromeo, Milan
/ Tuesday April 5th, 2016 – 6.30pm

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