CASW Award Narberth Museum

I’m in the storage rooms of the Narberth Museum for a new Contemporary Arts Society Wales commission together with Linda NorrisSian Lester and Riitta Sinkkonen Davies.

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This is the Mr. Stanley Lewis archive, who ran a radio shop in Narberth in the 1940-50s and to my utter amazement he made part of the pioneering synthesiser development of the age, using the radio valves from his shop stock. I need to chase up this story, as there are some interesting ingredients to it.

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I’m invited to create something with Sound inspired by the Narberth Museum’s collection and figured it would be a shame to present something coming from a screen or a speaker – I’d prefer a tactile element to it. In the Lewis archive there are many boxes of recycled switches Lewis’ thought might become useful.

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Some of Mr. Lewis’ archive boxes resemble very much boxes I have at home…. I actually have a similar cardboard box full of knobs and switches with a similar ‘exit’ sign from a redundant Berlin tram of years ago. I’m sure some of these tactile chunky switches might get a place in the work. Also in the archive there are metal boxes filled to the brim with glass tube valves – just beautiful objects in themselves.

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