Human Harp on Bob Kerrey Suspension Bridge

Di tested Human Harp on Bob Kerrey Suspension Bridge in Omaha, with a team of collaborators from the local community…

By Di Mainstone, Dereck Higgins & collaborators from Bemis Centre Omaha, curated by Amanda McDonald Crowley

Di Mainstone spent September and October 2014 in residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha where she is developing ways to play the Bob Kerrey Suspension bridge like a giant harp (performance in September 2015).  The film above is a piece by Omaha based sound artist Dereck Higgins.  It is made up of sounds collected from the suspension bridge by Di and Dereck during her residency.

“I worked with community members in the Omaha area to understand how the bridge might be played and how the bridge resembles a giant string instrument, collaborating with structural engineers, dancers, musicians, physicists and opera singers. This experience was truly inspiring, with each new collaborator providing crucial information relating to the physics and movement of the bridge and the voice of the structure”  Di Mainstone