Burial of instruments by Scottish artist Ruth Ewan's Peat Bog Boorach Band
Commissioned by Kunsthal Charlottenborg
From late August through December 2012 Kunsthal Charlottenborg is staging an exhibition by the Scottish artist Ruth Ewan. One major element is a unique collection of contemporary musical instruments to which the artist has invited members of the public to contribute. Ewan has often explored the role of music within alternative culture, and this is reflected in the utopian orchestra that has been assembled especially for her exhibition at Charlottenborg, and which performed using instruments from the collection. The Peat Bog Boorach Band – ‘boorach’ means ‘a muddled crowd or collection’ in old Scots – featured an eccentric mix of young amateur and professional musicians. During the opening days of the exhibition the band created a series of performances at a number of venues across Copenhagen, including Højbro Plads, Christiania and Charlottenborg. This extraordinary series of events concluded with the band dropping their chosen instruments into a lake, in an event echoing prehistoric burial techniques. The lake is projected to become a future peat bog and the burial is intended to preserve the instruments for the future. This film documents these events.
Camera: Bo Tengberg, Joachim Hamou
Sound: Michael Fischerson
Edit: Joachim Hamou