Solo Exhibition, Charlottenborg, Denmark, 2012
Members of the public were invited to contribute their unwanted or unused instruments for display as part of a unique archive of contemporary musical instruments in one of Charlottenborg’s largest galleries.
The project explored how music can be a progressive social force, but also how alternative histories of music and society might be preserved for the future.
The exhibition drew on the work of the Swedish music archaeologist Cajsa Lund, an expert on prehistoric instruments from the Scandinavian region – such as the whistles made from bone and wood that have been found preserved in peat bogs.
Part of Ruth’s research for the project was conducted in Christiania, and the exhibition also featured a series of performance events and posters created in collaboration with children from the free town.