Jean Tinguely – Sculptures at the Tate Gallery

Jean Tinguely – Sculptures at the Tate Gallery front cover
Jean Tinguely – Sculptures at the Tate Gallery side 1

The Jean Tinguely exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London in 1982 offered a display of animated sculptures, including a number of Méta-Matics drawing machines, as well as the Méta-Harmonie II large-size installation. Instead of his usual artist’s interview, William Furlong chosed to document the sound of these sculptures on this Audio Arts cassette, and the result is a joyous menagerie of whimsical machines producing all kinds of erratic, irregular noises akin to heart arrhythmia. Perhaps due to these malfunctioning sounds, one feels sympathy and empathy for these automatons, rather than the expected exasperation.

The Méta-Harmonie I-IV series was intended as  sound sculptures by Tinguely, and are known as “Ton-Mischmaschinen”, or Sound Mixers, according to German Wikipedia. Méta-Harmonie II, featured on this tape, is now in Basel’s Tinguely Museum, Switzerland. It includes a piano, an electric organ, bells and drums. See it in action on YouTube.

[Thanks to Giuseppe for this tape]

Sculpture at The Tate #1–13
01  #1 (2:13)
02 #2 (2:12)
03 #3 (2:26)
04 #4 (2:36)
05 #5 (2:23)
06 #6 (2:19)
07 #7 (1:10)
08 #8 (1:15
09 #9 (1:22)
10 #10 (1:19)
11 #11 (2:24)
12 Méta-Harmonie II (18:13)
13 #12 (1:38)
14 #13 (1:38)

Total time 43:08
Cassette released by Audio Arts, London, UK, 1983


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10 Responses to “Jean Tinguely – Sculptures at the Tate Gallery”

  1. 1 Ca February 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Thank you!

  2. 2 continuo February 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for commenting, Carlo.

  3. 5 continuo February 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    God bless Giuseppe, indeed!

  4. 6 John Roach February 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    many thanks for this rarity!

  5. 7 continuo February 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    You’re welcome, John.

  6. 8 Bodhi Amol February 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Hello,since you were the first one where i could find sound stuff of Tinguely back in 2009 i was hoping that finally you might be coming around with this gem and:Voila!!
    Thank you very much again…

  7. 9 continuo February 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Well, to be frank, without a little help from Giuseppe, nothing would have happened. Thanks for your comment and loyalty to this blog.

  8. 10 Giuseppe February 21, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Thanks Continuo, Thanks Twinkle II, I am glad that you liked that.

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