Two feet on your pump organ

The Auerglass is a two person pump organ created by Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow. The instument cannot be played alone.

For several weeks, the two performed daily at the Deitch Projects gallery on a bifurcated wooden pump organ that they conceived and designed over the last six years, musically acting out the interdependency of their friendship. “I had every other key in a four-octave scale, and [Auerbach] had every other key that I didn’t have,” explains Mesirow. The pumps at each artist’s feet provided wind for the keys of the other. In performance, they wore Øien-designed costumes that required each other’s help to wear, including wooden shoes that fit together “like jigsaw puzzles” back to back.

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