Artists Rooms – Diane Arbus


ARTIST ROOMS: Diane Arbus SoundWalk

at Kirkcaldy Galleries

This SoundWalk created by young musicians at the TowerHouse in Dunfermline, Fife, is directly inspired by the work of American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) and the 2015 exhibition of her at Kirkcaldy Galleries, which was made possible through ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries Scotland. Arbus’ work was acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fun and the Art Fund, 2008.

The music is freely improvised through a study of the thought process and subjects in the work, and includes short segments of music specifically inspired by images such as ‘Woman with a locket in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C. 1965’ (3), ‘Girl in a watch cap, N.Y.C 1965’ (5), ‘Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967’ (13) and ‘A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966’ (16). The SoundWalk represents an aural impression of the exhibition and the individual segments are reordered in the audio, however the first and last segments are ‘Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962’ (1) and ‘A family on their lawn one Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. 1968 (20) respectively. You will notice slight pauses throughout the SoundWalk, indicating that you can move to the next portrait. Or, you can move through the exhibition as you feel the music is guiding you. You can listen to the SoundWalk in the exhibition on your personal tablet or smartphone by logging into the Galleries free Wi-fi. iPad Minis are also available for members of the public (ages 13+) to check out, free of charge, to use while in the exhibition.

SoundWalk workshopped, directed and produced by composers Kenny Forrest and Luci Holland. Image, entitled ‘Redrum!-a drawing of ‘identical twins’ by Diane Arbus’ by James Dorward. Pencil on paper, Fife 2014.