Performance Space, Sydney, NSW | 27 October – 6 November 2016
Curators: Holly Williams, Jeff Khan (Performance Space)


Tracing the interplay between music and humanity through the triumphs and disasters of the last century, The Museum Goes Live is an exhibition and live performance series celebrating the distinctive, groundbreaking vision of audio pioneer Jon Rose through his own Rosenberg Museum.

The Museum Goes Live presents a vast collection of eccentric hand-built instruments and violin iconography, amassed over the forty-year career of this renowned violinist, composer and experimental musician. Open daily as an exhibition, this cabinet of curiosities will be brought to life each night by a series of performances that activate many of the handbuilt instruments on display and bring together some of Australia’s finest experimental musicians.

Step into the mind of Rose and explore how music has the capacity to unravel and soundtrack our world on the brink of chaos.

Performance: Music for a Time of Dysfunction – Part 1
27 – 30 October 2016
Jon Rose was joined by an experimental orchestra
playing a wild collection of regular and invented musical instruments, including the famous Fence.
Featuring: an expanded Ensemble Offspring with Claire Edwardes, Robbie Avenaim, Zubin Kanga, Cor Fuhler, Julia Reidy, Erkki Veltheim, Noam Yaffe, Hollis Taylor, and Mary Rapp.

Performance: Music for a Time of Dysfunction – Part 2
2 – 5 November 2016
For this very special performance, Rose was joined by a host of musicians and performance artists, in concert with the museum's collection of robots (including a robot violing that plays data from the stock market), automatons, and a musical coffin.
Featuring: Tess de Quincey, Clayton Thomas, Robbie Avenaim and Alister Spence.

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Inside Rosenberg: Jon Rose Artist Talk
2 November 2016

What happens when you use the violin as an allegory for global dysfunction? What does a dystopia sound-like? Audiences ventured behind the scenes with Jon Rose on an interactive tour of his Museum, as he outlined the mysterious origins of the Rosenberg collection, his world-changing agenda for experimental sound and activated many of the unique hand built instruments on exhibition. An evening of dysfunctional sound, twisted biography and the unbelievable stories behind The Museum Goes Live