UK / Duration 5m 19s / 2012
We want you to play the piano. A pianist will be stationed by a Steinway piano in St. David’s Hall and they will play the chord hand. We want members of the public to come in and play just a note or two, one hand. No musical knowledge is needed as participants will be shown how to play the notes and it is created in a way for those with little or no musical ability to be able to get involved. The various members of the public who take part will be filmed and there will be a live video relay to the BBC Big Screen outside St. David’s Hall. In the final film all these separate shots of them playing the notes will be crushed together in the edit. The time delays between will have been removed so each player pops in one after another to create the finished piece of music. The film will then be premiered during the festival.
Anton Hecht’s work is made about and with people. He often works collaboratively with other practitioners, across media, often using new technology. He likes to break down ideas of professionalism and create a work of inclusivity. Often the work tries to conjure an atmosphere of whimsy, of the epic in the everyday. To these ends, he has had over 50’s dancing with shopping trolleys, and tower block residents singing their lives, people posing as letters and making words with their shoelaces, the public playing single notes of musical scores, amateur orchestras erupting into impromptu performances, and market stall holders dancing with their wares. The one thing tying these ideas together is that they happen in the public realm and are created by the public for the public to watch. He distributes his final works online, through video distribution sites such as Youtube. Sometimes they are shown as installations in gallery and non-gallery spaces, and also at film festivals.