Move over, Stradivarius. Sleek, 3-D-printed musical instruments are coming to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, and they sound just like the real thing.
Husband-and-wife artist team Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, who head the architecture- and design-minded MONAD Studio in Miami, built five 3-D printer instruments that will be displayed starting Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The museum’s new exhibit “Subject to Interpretation” offers six playable instruments, each silver-colored and lightweight, including a piezoelectric violin, a hornucopia, a small didgeridoo and a monovioloncello (a single-stringed electric cello). The exhibit will close Feb. 25, 2018.
The instruments of “Subject to Interpretation” are part of a broader exhibit about the contributions of Jews in Florida. One of Goldemberg and Zalcberg’s biggest 3-D printer works is “La Cole,” a series of ornate panels that suspend from the museum’s ceiling and produce sound (thanks to composer Jacob Sudol) while refracting light and color. “La Cole,” short for “la colectividad judia en Argentina,” was inspired by Argentina’s local, close-knit Jewish population.
“This installation is, after all, totally about roots and growth,” Zalcberg says in a prepared statement.
During the show’s 6:30-8 p.m. opening reception on Oct. 24, violinist Michael Klotz will perform the 3-D-printed violin, while Miami master cellist Jason Calloway will play the monovioloncello.