meta/morphē: “after the form”, from Greek meta (prep.) “after”, “along with”, “beyond”, “among”, “in pursuit of” + morphē (noun) “shape”, “form”, “appearance”, “figure”, “outline”, “kind”, “sort”.

meta/morphē is an act of collaboratively transforming a piano into something else. If the piece had a score, it might read: “Carefully disassemble a piano over a period of time with the assistance of fellow artists and the public. Use the disassembled parts to make new things”. Behind the act is a central question: what comes after the form?

meta/morphē is an inverse Argo. Instead of replacing each piece of the ship until it is entirely renewed, without having changed either its name or form, here the ship is gradually taken apart and the pieces are used to create new forms.

What becomes of the name, after the form? How do we relate to the object during and after its transformation? How does the transformation help us to know our relationship to the (former) object?

2018 publicity text: 

meta/morphē is performance art, community art, installation, experimental music, duration piece, recycling project and much more. In June 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland, a group of interdisciplinary artists spent two weeks disassembling a grand piano and re-configuring it into a plethora of useful and useless objects. The artists were present in various configurations throughout the duration of the project, working both independently and in groups. Performances and performative events of various kinds took place around the central activity of the piano disassemblage, relating to and making use of the piano in many and varied ways.

June 8th - 22nd, 2018
Vonarstræti 3, 101

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María Arnardóttir (artist/designer)
Sophie Fetokaki (maker/performer)
Einar Torfi Einarsson (composer/artist)
Kristian Ross (composer/sound artist)
Linus Orri Gunnarsson Cederborg (carpenter/musician)
Rebecca Scott Lord (performer/painter/writer/speaker)
Taylor Myers (director/performer/immersive/experiential creator)
Thelma Marín Jónsdóttir (artist/musician)
Tinna Þorsteinsdóttir (pianist/artist)
General public and passers-by

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August 26th - 31st, 2019 
Kaleido Cultural Centre
Piteå, Sweden
Ung Nordisk Musik Festival 

María Arnardóttir (artist/designer)
Sophie Fetokaki (maker/performer)
Kristine Bech Sørensen (artist)
Composers, performers and general public of Ung Nordisk Musik Festival 2019