Julie Myers

Klangfarbe Museum

Primal Sounds Exhibition
Ethnographic Department of the National Museum, Gdansk (PL)
May 2019

Klangfarbe Museum is a sequence of site-specific performances that respond to the acoustic qualities of the museum building and the objects displayed within it. These objects, acting like sound vessels from the past, reveal the atmosphere of daily life. We imagine the sound of a plough as it struggles through the mud; fish caught and stunned under the ice; a shepherds horn; a metal hoe as it breaks hard soil. The project has developed through collaboration between visual artist Julie Myers and musicians Natalia Kasperczyk baroque cello, Pawel Nowicki percussion and Simon Rose baritone saxophone. Their live performances offer a contemporary interpretation of the museum and its archive.

Museum first floor

Museum ground floor

Museum garden

Photographs from the launch event

Project curator: Lucyna Kolendo
Video documentation: Marcin Zdziuch / Themontaż

Developed as part of the exhibition ‘Primal Sounds’
Curated by Anna Ratajczak-Krajka, Krystyna Weiher-Sitkiewicz, Waldemar Elwart.
Commissioned by the Department of Ethnography of the National Museum, Gdansk