Still life in the Doldrums


IDEA: Let Paul Cezanne's bones play the jazz drums.

WHAT: A snare drum and an arrangement of the four suspended human skulls, referring to Paul Cezanne’s 'Pyramid of Skulls'. Human fibulas drumsticks are balanced in such a way that at certain, more vigorous points of the piece they play both the drum and the under side of the skulls, triggered by low frequency soundtracks of Scott Bradley, Billy Holiday and Nina Simone, which make the drum skin vibrate.

WHY: Jazz emerged around the turn of the century coinciding with the execution of Pyramid of Skulls by Cezanne; a contemporaneous event contained within the work.

BY: Anri Sala at Alfonso Artiaco Gallery

VIA: Making Waves