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System Building

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System Building
Aphids and Speak Percussion present

System Building

An international percussion work of miniature proportions, fusing 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 occurred in and were inspired by Radialsystem V (Berlin), Watertoren West (Noorderzon Festival,the Netherlands), the Melbourne Recital Centre and CarriageWorks.

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

Artistic Team

Artist: Rosemary Joy
Percussionists: Eugene Ughetti and Matthias Schack-Arnott (Speak Percussion)
with Diego Espinosa (Mexico) and Evaristo Aguilar (Mexico)
Instrument Construction: Adam Stewart and Rosemary Joy
Executive Producer: Thea Baumann

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

'With the production of Rosemary Joy's System Building, the wonderfully protean entity that is Aphids has re-affirmed its position as a leading light in new and thought-provoking art.'- Geoffrey Gartner, Resonate Magazine


Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China, 2010

Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands, 2009

Radialsystem V, Berlin, Germany, 2009

Melbourne Recital Centre (Australian premiere), Melbourne, 2009

CarriageWorks, Sydney, 2009

Download a review of SYSTEM BUILDING here.

Download an article about SYSTEM BUILDING in UnMagazine here.

SYSTEM BUILDING in China was supported by Arts Victoria and the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

SYSTEM BUILDING coincided with the Year of Australian Culture in China, 2010.

Image credit: Colin Page