Intervening in the Anthropo[s]cene
PSi Performance+Design (P+Dwg) workshop, Tasmania June 29 – July 3, 2016.

Performative Instrumentality is a practice based research project that explores salvaged pianos as redundant yet performative devices to renegotiate situations, subjects and environments. In response to the call for greater immersive and sensory engagement with the spatio-temporalities of landscape, this project proposes to first salvage, then relocate, a piano within the threshold between Mt Wellington National Park and the McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre.

Located at the western end of McRobies Road in South Hobart, The McRobies Gully Waste Management Centre has been in operation since 1975 and occupies approximately 20 hectares in the foothills of Mt Wellington. Exploring spatial agency and the politics of space by intervening within the Anthropocenic boundary condition between national park and land fill, a local piano tuner will be commissioned to tune the instrument for a duration of thirty minutes.

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