Highly creative artist Tauba Auerbach and her friend, musician Cameron Mesirow (aka Glasser) are the inventors of an unusual instrument, the Auerglass. A type of pump organ, constructed for the artists by Parsons Pipe Organs, Canandegua, New York, the Auerglass is made of white pine, plum, maple, southern yellow pine, blood wood, white oak, and walnut, and acrylic, steel, copper, leather, and felt. It is 15' 10-1/2" long, 2' 7-1/2" wide, and 9' 8" high. The instrument requires two persons to play; each has her own keyboard with alternating notes of a four-octave scale, and for either player to perform, the other must pump to supply the wind for the player's notes.
In the 10-minute video below, Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow perform on the Auerglass, which was included in a New York City exhibition of Auerbach's work, "Here and Now/And Nowhere", at Deitch Projects in September 2009. The composition was written specifically for the Auerglass, and combines music Auerbach wrote as a child, songs from Mesirow's band Glasser, and new material. Because the composition was half-scored and half-improvised, every performance during the exhibition at Deitch was unique.
Note the platform shoes the players wear; they're interlocking.
Auerbach is an inventive, often compelling painter and drawer, photographer, and sculptor; her conceptual work focuses frequently on ideas about order and disorder, pattern and randomness, and draws on graphical systems (e.g., morse code) and typographic design as well. In addition, Auerbach is the author of [2,3] A Pop-Up Book (Printed Matter, 2010), comprising six individual pop-up volumes, Chaos (Deitch Projects, 2009), 50/50 (Deitch Projects, 2008), and How to Spell the Alphabet (Deitch Projects, 2006), among other artist's books. She also has created Math Functions Suits, a limited-edition deck of playing cards whose suits are math function symbols (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division); Auerbach created a custom font for the deck and also drew the backside patterns. The slipcase is hand-numbered.
Auerbach in Whitney 2010 Exhibition
Selected Works by Auerbach at Deitch Projects
Ken Johnson's New York Times Review of Auerbach Show at Deitch Projects