Throwing a ‘Wrench’ to change the way we think

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The combination of award winning music and images help to change the way we think about our impact on the world. (Photo courtesy Edward Burtynsky).
The combination of award winning music and images help to change the way we think about our impact on the world. (Photo courtesy Edward Burtynsky).

Art can change the way people view their impact on the environment. Through the combination of images and music, Hexnut and photographer Edward Burtynsky have teamed up to bring that change to the forefront of their audience members’ minds.

Steven Ricks, an associate professor in the school of music, will join the group to inspire change with his piece titled ‘Geometria Situs.’

“We hope the audience will think more deeply about the impact that we (as humans) are having on the environment,” Ricks said.

Hexnut is a contemporary group of five soloists based in Amsterdam. The group combines styles ranging from contemporary to classical; from jazz to metal; and from improv to cartoon music.

In their project “Wrench,” the group teams up with Burtynsky to create choreography using music and image as equal partners in changing the way peoople think about the industrial industries’ effects on the natural world.

It’s a pretty thought-provoking concert,” said Ricks. “The music is interesting and unique and the photographs thought provoking.”

The concert is being held in connection with the exhibit titled ‘Industrial Sublime’ that is currently showing in the gallery of the Museum of Art. A pre-concert reception will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and will include a discussion of the works used in the concert.

“Wrench” will be performed on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the De Jong Concert Hall. The show will be comprised of seven pieces and last roughly 90 minutes, including an intermission. Admission is free.

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