Live Programs

Ellen Fullman plays her Long String Instrument. Photo: Robert Szkolni.

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Ellen Fullman: The Watch, Reprise

Riverview Room

Performance at 7 PM
Entry included with museum admission, museum membership or a Sounds Like Festival Pass

Presented in partnership with the audio art festival, Sounds Like, Ellen Fullman will perform The Watch, reprise on her signature piece, the Long String Instrument. Consisting of 20 metre-long metallic wires anchored by wooden resonators, Fullman walks the length of the instrument, bowing the strings with rosin-coated fingers to draw out subtle pitch shifts and cascading patterns of harmonics.

About the Artist: Ellen Fullman has been developing her installation, the Long String Instrument, for over 30 years; exploring the acoustics of large resonant spaces with her compositions and collaborative improvisations. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and residencies including: Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists (2015); Center for Cultural Innovation Grants (2008 and 2013); Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission/NEA Fellowship for Japan (2007); and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin residency (2000). Fullman has recorded extensively with this unusual instrument.

The Long String Instrument (Superior Viaduct, 2015) was first issued on Apollo Records in 1985 and was selected as the number one reissue for 2015 by the Wire. Her work was cited by Alvin Lucier in his Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). Ellen was invited to give the Distinguished Alumni Lecture at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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Ellen Fullman: The Watch, Reprise


Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 5 PM
Friday 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM-5 PM

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