Hohner Clavinet D6, developed by Ernst Zacharias for Hohner, Germany, 1967.

Curating Electric Keys

Duration: 45 minutes
28 July 2021, 11–11.45am Webinar Book Tickets

Powerhouse Museum curator Campbell Bickerstaff has worked on dozens of exhibitions over a 24-year career with the Museum. The latest he has curated is Electric Keys, opening 2 July 2021.

Find out how Electric Keys came to life when, in late 2020, the Powerhouse acquired an important private collection of keyboards from the mid-1900s, the period prior to the rise of synthesisers.

The exhibition explores modern keyboard development and its contribution to the genres of jazz, pop, rock, soul and prog-rock by looking at a collection of mechanical instruments, such as pianos and organs from the early 1900s, electronic keyboards and synthesisers.

In this webinar, Campbell will share insights into how he identifies contemporary themes for exhibitions drawing on collection objects. Participants will learn about his practice as a curator, as he talks about the significance of objects and how to aesthetically curate an exhibition and present collection items with a visitor focus.

Campbell’s areas of expertise include: technology and design as applied to information and communications technologies, the plastic arts, and how industrial design can help forge a phenomenological interaction with products. His research interests include: the history of audio recording, reproduction and consumption and the links between culture, audio genres, and technology and culture. He is particularly interested in examining the drivers and systems linked to the cultural activities, aesthetics and technology of audio.

This webinar is part of the Powerhouse Museum’s 2021 Regional Public Program, a series of in-person and online events designed to support museums, galleries and tertiary institutions in regional New South Wales. Interested members of the public are welcome to register, however please note that the content will be targeted at people already working or studying in the museums field.

The 30-minute online talk will be followed by a Q & A session. A link will be sent to you once you register.

Free, bookings essential

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