Trimpin: Coincidence, Music, Memory, and Meaning

Trimpin and Paul DeMarinis with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, May 5, 2011 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All

An artist, inventor, engineer, and composer, Trimpin (who uses only his last name) has never been represented by a gallery, a dealer, or a manager. He has neither a cell phone nor a website. Yet his freewheeling sculptures and experiments with sound are cherished by artists, musicians, and museumgoers all over the world.

As a young person in southwestern Germany in the 1950s, Trimpin was haunted by the fact that in the Nazi era, the Jews from his town had all been deported to the internment camp at Gurs, near the Spanish-French border. The Gurs Zyklus, Trimpin's new multimedia stage performance, will be presented by Stanford Lively Arts on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00pm.

Join Trimpin and Stanford art professor, Paul DeMarinis, for a conversation that explores art, sound, history, and possible human futures.

TRIMPIN, Artist in Residence at Stanford
Trimpin is a Seattle-based kinetic sculptor, sound artist, musician, composer, and inventor. A recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award, he has combined these varied disciplines into his extensive body of work since the 1970s.  His kinetic sculpture installations often include the production of sound through the inclusion of mechanically or computer-driven instruments or entirely new sound sources. As a Stanford artist-in-residence this year, Trimpin collaborates with students, faculty and the campus community in preparation for his new work, The Gurs Zyklus.

PAUL DEMARINIS, Professor, Department of Art & Art History
A professor of art and intermedia studies at Stanford, Paul DeMarinis has been making noises with wires, batteries and household appliances since the age of four. His work poses questions about the world we have created and explores the ways technology has woven itself into our personal relationships, our understanding of the physical universe, and our ideas about possible futures. A new book about his work, Paul DeMarinis: Buried in Noise, has just been published by Kehrer Verlag.

MARK GONNERMAN is founding director of the Aurora Forum.

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