The Extended Tension

“a spine-tingling piece of work … a profound gift” Glasstire (US)

Mexican composer and artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide deconstructs musical instruments to investigate what makes them tick, and open up new possibilities for making music from them. Two electric guitars hang in space, each suspended by its strings which extend outwards across the space in all directions, as though the guitar is a dissected specimen. Plucking, stroking or tapping any of these tautened, elongated strings makes the guitars vibrate and generates long, unexpected, resonant tones, picked up and amplified to fill the space. Visitors can try out the guitars for themselves, discovering a new twist on the idea of playing an instrument.