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featuring Mauricio Kagel's "Zwei Mann Orchester"

presented with Bowerbird

April 19, 2018

May 3 to May 31, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 5-7pm with Performance at 7pm

The Pearlstein Gallery and Bowerbird are pleased to present SOUND MACHINES, an exhibition that explores the interplay between sound and object, performance and sculpture, and our changing experience of sound in an age of digital reproduction. The centerpiece of the project will be an performer-activated, large-scale kinetic sound sculpture, Zwei Mann Orchester (Two Man Orchestra), conceived by late German-Argentine composer, artist, and filmmaker Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008). Originally created in 1973 and never before seen in the US, Zwei Mann Orchester utilizes orchestral instruments, household items, and found objects connected through a network of levers and strings.  Each version of Zwei Mann Orchester is unique - the Philadelphia edition will be designed and created by musicians Andy Thierauf and Ashley Tini, instrument builder Neil Feather, sculptor Scott Kip, and curator Dustin Hurt.

Thursday, May 3, 7pm

Friday, May 4, 7pm

Sunday, May 13, 7pm

Thursday, May 17, 7pm 

Sunday, May 20, 7pm

Thursday, May 24, 7pm

Wednesday, May 30, 7pm

Reserve your tickets here

Hands on Workshops at Tiny WPA:
Saturday, May 5, 1pm
Saturday, May 19, 1pm

For more information about this project please visit:

Major support for SOUND MACHINES has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The William Penn Foundation