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"LP - Solo Exhibition, Works by Walter Kitundu"
2006-05-12 until 2006-06-12
Luggage Store
San Francisco, CA, USA United States of America

"LP" will be Kitundu's first solo exhibition of sculptures, drawings of ideas, and instruments stemming from his ongoing exploration of the turntable. For over six years, Kitundu has focused his imagination on discovering the potential of the record player as a medium for sound and artistic - expression. This process has resulted in hand built turntables powered by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of the ocean's waves and tides. Kitundu believes that the physical properties of a record are a natural link to the exploration and interpretation of the world around us, and such, has invented a new instrument family called "Phonoharps."

Kitundu's collaborators have included dancer/choreographer Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance, recording artists Douglas Ewart and Meshell N'degeocello. Most recently, he was commissioned by The Kronos Quartet to build instruments and compose. He performed last month with the Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall.

In 2002, he was part of an engaging three person show at the luggage store with Edgar Arceneaux and Kamau Amu Patton, where he created and installed Mutato Nomine de te Fabula Naratur, a month-long site-specific work that invited a population of urban pigeons to take shelter inside a "creative" enclosure built into the windows of the gallery. Birds would perch inside the built space, visible outside to the public, but only in the gallery through "looking" holes. The weight of the birds triggered sound installations and turntables inside the gallery.

Raised in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Kitundu performs, composes for dance, theater and films, and teaches multi-disciplinary workshops on sound, imagination and instrument building. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

The Luggage Store's exhibition program is funded in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San Francisco Arts Commission/Cultural Equity Fund, Grants for the Arts of the Hotel Tax Fund and The San Francisco Foundation.


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