Indonesian artists, Ikbal Simamora Lubys and Tony Maryana have produced a bespoke, sculptural musical instrument in response to the mouth of Peak Cavern. The Hive instrument is a larger-than-life resonator, with vibrating chimes for visitors to interact with. Resembling a suspended organic hive structure, the instrument will be made from parts of Gamelan bars, a form of percussive Indonesian music using gongs and xylophone-type instruments.

As part of AND’s annual touring programmeThe Hive has now returned, to be part of bluedot festival’s 2018 art programme at Jodrell Bank.

The Hive by Ikbal Lubys & Tony Maryana in collaboration with Laurie Crombie. Commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and British Council, Indonesia.

Listening to the Dark tour also featured:

Mark Fell – Extensionless ThoughtPoints
Beatrice Dillon – Residency
Ikbal Simamora Lubys & Tony Maryana – The Hive


About Abandon Normal Devices

Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a catalyst for new approaches to art making and digital invention. We commission groundbreaking projects that challenge the definitions of art and moving image.

In our work, we bring together an eclectic mix of academics, filmmakers, scientists and anarchists to actively push the boundaries of audience experience and arts production. With a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocations, we create a space where artists can reflect on and play with the impact of new technologies. To achieve this, we invite artists to hijack their imagination and work with them to develop projects which abandon traditional settings and partnerships.

The AND portfolio consists of film happenings, exhibitions, performances, online projects, residencies, public realm interventions and a roaming biennial festival. 

AND was originally founded by national organisations FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Cornerhouse and folly.

Listening to the Dark Tour \ Various Artists (2017)

Listening to the Dark was a series of prodigious sonic experiments, explorations and expeditions that could be found deep under the earth in the subterranean bunkers of Peak Cavern.

Electronic composer and artist Beatrice Dillon produced an ambitious new work as part of a residency with Somerset House Studios, London, taking inspiration from Pauline Oliveros, the influential experimental composer and electronic music pioneer who died in November 2016. Mark Fell, developed a new piece working with different geometrics shapes, mathematical and notational systems, in light and sound, and Indonesian artists Ikbal Simamora Lubys & Tony Maryana created a larger-than-life resonant musical instrument in The Hive.

A selection of our works are currently available for touring:

Heavy Metal Detector a relational public art project which is a cross between a walk,  workshop and performance.
In The Eyes Of The Animal an immersive 360 VR experience using binaural soundscapes.
My Wall Is Your Filter Bubble an Augmented Reality (AR) exhibition.
The Hive an interactive instrument-based installation.
We Dwell Below a multi player Virtual Reality (VR) experience.
Where The City Can’t See a screening and performance lecture.

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