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System Building at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

System Building at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
Presented by Aphids, Speak Percussion, and Red Gate Gallery

System Building in Beijing

Exchange and Residency period: September 18 – October 23 2010

Open Studio: 24 September 2010

System Building Performances:
17 October 2010: 1 pm, 1.20pm, 1.40pm, 2.00pm, 3 pm, 3.20pm, 3.40pm

18 October 2010: 1 pm, 1.20pm, 1.40pm, 2.00pm, 3 pm, 3.20pm, 3.40pm

An international percussion work of miniature proportions, System Building fuses percussion and architecture on an intimate scale.

Artist Rosemary Joy has created a series of adaptable miniature percussion instruments, each inspired by the venue in which the work will be performed. The first performances were performed in and inspired by Radialsystem V (Berlin), Watertoren West (Noorderzon Festival,the Netherlands), the Melbourne Recital Centre and CarriageWorks.

System Building in China draws inspiration from the Ming Dynasty architectural features of Beijing's Red Gate Gallery, and challenges the very idea of a musical instrument.

System Building coincides with the Year of Australian Culture in China.

'Rosemary Joy’s instruments make magical sounds but test the idea of the musical instrument.' – RealTime, Issue 76, July 2006

'This was not just music for the ears and eyes, but for the mind as well, and I ruminated on the experience for days." - Geoffrey Gartner, Resonate Magazine

Download the System Building 2009 review in UnMagazine here.
ARTIST: Rosemary Joy
PERCUSSIONISTS: Eugene Ughetti (Australia) and Matthias Schack-Arnott
INSTRUMENT CONSTRUCTION: Adam Stewart and Rosemary Joy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Thea Baumann

System Building is supported by Arts Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade