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Dovetailing Art Installation at Farfield
June 14 - June 27
Musical instruments have evolved over many hundreds of years, their shapes and forms developed from natural materials through a transfer of skills from luthier to luthier. The project Dovetailing is a creative response to this evolution.
The rhythms, harmonies and timbres of music echo back to the natural world, and it feels as if instruments themselves embody the potential for a balanced and harmonious intertwining of humankind and nature. The title of the project, Dovetailing, describes this relationship of two parts by referencing the interlocking dovetail joint in carpentry, a strong and seamless union. The word has also been borrowed for orchestration, describing the technique of overlapping musical lines between two instruments.
The past months have brought into relief the different roles we all play in the world, and of the whole being greater than the sum of its individual parts. Considering music making as an expression of a number of interactions – from the tree to the luthier, to the instrument, the composer, the player and the audience – has felt resonant.
We hope that the exhibition and its themes might inspire other artworks of all kinds and in a variety of media. We have received some funding from Ilkley Arts to create the next layer of interaction. This might take the form of an exhibition, a performance, a ‘happening’ or a workshop. We look forward to working with other artists to create this after they have seen the Dovetailing exhibition at Farfield in June.