Old piano, solenoids, magnets, custom electronics, microcontroller.

The artwork consists of an old upright piano presented with visible strings, mechanics and detached parts. The instrument has been prepared with an hidden electromagnetic system controlled by a computer which moves its keys and vibrates its strings by following real-time environmental data of air quality and pollution.

An old piano has been forsaken for many decades. Despite its solid appearance, its sound reveals a dramatic state of deterioration. Its notes have become an inharmonic source of noises in decay. It is like a glacier which slowly melts, cracks and silently disappear.

»ICEBERG-1410« try to be a representation of changes, absence of control, disharmony, abandonment. A dramatic metaphor of human impact on our planet.

Alfredo Ardia (in collaboration with Sandro L’Abbate)



Funded by Musikfonds e.V. by means of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media (BKM), as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR recovery programme.