Aphids, Speak Percussion & Red Gate Gallery


‘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

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.


Artist  Rosemary Joy
Percussionists Eugene Ughetti 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

Red Gate Gallery, Beijing

Exchange and Residency period: September 18 – October 23 2010
Open Studio: 24 September 2010
Performances 17 – 18 October 2010

Images Alexander Zuckrow & MRC

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.