Landfill Totems is an installation and performance made up of three separate groups of antiquated medical, telecommunication and scientific research equipment. Each of the three groups has been stacked to resemble a totem pole.
Each piece of equipment has been chosen for its distinctive tone generation and modulation abilities. Wired together much like a modular synthesizer, the resulting instrument creates distinct pulsating drones and rhythms.
Among the collection are vintage sound testing devices, a Nuclear Instrumentation Modular, an outmoded medical signal generator and a mixer previously used by the Stasi – the state security service in former East Germany.
During Loop, Landfill Totems will be on display in the Savvy Gallery. Hainbach is giving two 30 minute performances of a piece written for the instrument on Saturday, April 25 at 12:00 pm and Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 pm.