April 28, 2014 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Walter Kitundu is an artist and MacArthur Fellow (previously). In this video, he gives a lecture at the San Francisco Exploratorium about his bespoke instruments and lighting experiments. At around 16 minutes in, he plays his digital revision of a kora.
posted by Blazecock Pileon (1 comment total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
He's also made stringed instruments with metal amplifying bells for Kronos Quartet.

He's had a couple of exhibits at the Luggage Store Gallery in SF.

In 2002, Kitundu was part of an engaging three person show at the luggage store with Edgar Arceneaux and Kamau Amu Patton, where he created and installed Mutato Nomine de te Fabula Naratur, a month-long site-specific work that invited a population of urban pigeons to take shelter inside a creative enclosure built into the windows of the gallery. Birds would perch inside the built space, visible outside to the public, but only in the gallery through looking holes. The weight of the birds triggered sound installations and turntables inside the gallery.
posted by larrybob at 1:19 PM on April 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

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