Shimmer Generator

7240 Clark, 2nd Floor, Montreal

  • vernissage: 3 October 2018, 19:00 - 22:00
  • exhibition : 4 - 26 October 2018
  • Opening hours: [ WED TO FRI ] 16:00-19:00 -- [ SAT & SUN ] 13:00-17:00
  • Darsha Hewitt

"Shimmer Generator" is a photographic work that peers into the intricately hand-wired world inhabiting obsolete vacuum tube technology.

- Darsha Hewitt was inspired by the pioneer canadian artist : Doug Back - 

The site of this investigation takes place inside the revived sound generating circuitry of the very rare Sideman 5000, the world’s first commercially available drum machine, invented by Wurlitzer and brought to market in 1959. Though this electro-mechanical musical instrument was built to be repaired and serviced as it aged, it had a rather short commercial life. It was quite giant, weighting over 70 pounds, very expensive and rapidly being replaced by much smaller transistor based electronics, most Sidemans ended up in the garbage. These photos are part of the artist’s media-archeological dive into the machine. Highly connected to the work and writing of Doug Back, the piece turns to a castaway technology as a point of artistic inspiration.

BIO / Darsha Hewitt is a Canadian artist known for her examinations of communication technology in the domestic sphere as well as her use of DIY aesthetics and practices as an artistic method. She makes electromechanical sound installations, audio visual works, drawings, how-to videos and experimental performances with handmade audio electronics. She exhibits internationally and is currently a fellow at the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences. She is a Guest Professor in Sound Art at the Karlsruhe university of art and Design and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University.

7240 Clark, 2nd Floor, Montreal

  • vernissage: 3 October 2018, 19:00 - 22:00
  • exhibition : 4 - 26 October 2018
  • Opening hours: [ WED TO FRI ] 16:00-19:00 -- [ SAT & SUN ] 13:00-17:00