Sound Machines: Kagel’s Zwei Mann Orchester Exhibition

3 - 31 May 2018
Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University, URBN Annex, 3401 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Mauricio Kagel, Zwei Mann Orchester, installation shot. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird presents an exhibition in conjunction with its Center-supported project, Sound Machines: Mauricio Kagel's Zwei Mann Orchester (Two Man Orchestra). An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 3, 5-7 p.m.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a large-scale kinetic sound sculpture conceived by Kagel that utilizes orchestral instruments, household and found objects, connected through a network of levers and strings to encourage the viewer to imagine the hidden sound potential. The installation will be assembled by sculptor Scott Kip, instrument builder Neil Feather, and percussionists Andy Thierauf and Ashley Tini, with the consultation of Wilhelm Bruck—a performer and sculptor who collaborated with Kagel on the original European iterations of the work. This edition marks the US premiere of the work and only the fourth version ever created.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

During the run of the exhibition, Bowerbird will present six performances of Zwei Mann Orchester. See the full performance schedule here.