A Side Man 5000 Adventure
28 May 2015, 17:00 - 19:00
- Darsha Hewitt
Presentation of Masters Thesis project by Darsha Hewitt
A Side Man 5000 Adventure is a fifty-minute educational video that revolves around the technical documentation of the Wurlitzer Side Man 5000 – the world’s oldest commercially available drum machine. Even though the Side Man is a musical instrument, the video side steps most of the technical elements related to music and acts more as an archeological endeavor that maps out the electromechanical structure inside the machine. Although most of the material covered in the video is dense technical information, Hewitt is interested in appealing to an audience beyond specialists. That includes people that are not necessarily technically inclined. She aims to do this by making the video engaging by including demonstrations, drawings and animation that convey the information in an exciting yet comprehensive manner.
Darsha Hewitt is a Canadian artist that makes electromechanical sound installations, drawings, videos and experimental performances with handmade audio electronics. She is an avid technologist and educator. Her do-it-yourself electronics workshops are an integral part of her discipline and are presented internationally. Darsha lives in Weimar, Germany, where she teaches in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University. In 2013, her first solo exhibition was co-produced by Skol and Elektra Festival in Montreal (CA). She recently presented her work at Modern Art Oxford (UK), WRO Media Art Biennale (PL), CTM Festival (DE), and LEAP Berlin. In 2013, she was nominated for the Marler European Sound Art Award (DE) and completed a Fellowship in the Sound Art program at Hochschule für bildende künste, Braunschweig (DE). In 2011, she was awarded an International Production Stipend from The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg (DE).