Workshops: Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetabes

For the exhibition, Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetables, by Berlin artist Karl Heinz Jeron, incorporates participatory workshops to build a unique sound installation. In these workshops each participant will make their own electronic singing device, powered by old fruit and veg, which will be added to the installation. Ideal for students, community groups, teachers, parents, families and any individual or group who are interested in taking part.

Posted: 03/08/2011

Tank is proud to present a unique sound installation by German artist Karl-Heinz Jeron. The idea for Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetables stems from Jeron’s interest in how labour, product and art work is valued. Rotten vegetables are not waste but a commodity from which energy and industry can be drawn. Jeron has designed the exhibition based around a series of workshops where attendees source waste food locally, build unique singing device from simple components and add each one to the installation. By the close of show the orchestra will be sixty or so strong, emitting a cacophony of bleeps, beeps and hums.

Each device is tuned and setup to make them create a semi-aleatoric musical piece. In aleatory music aspects such as the ordering of a piece’s sections, its rhythms, and even its pitches are decided at the moment of performance. Also called “chance music,” aleatory music has been produced in abundance since 1945 by several composers, the most notable being John Cage, Pierre Boulez, and Iannis Xenakis. Within this project the chance aspect is be achieved by the change of the electrochemical state of the fruits/vegetables which will affect the tone, timbre and loudness.


This exhibition exemplifies Jeron’s objective to subtly shift in social perceptions through engaging the audience in “artistic” practice. While waste and energy consumption are central to current world wide debates and politics, Fresh Music for Rotten Vegetables introduces the idea of potential alternative solutions within a local environment. Basic principles of turning the chemical energy from potatoes or carrots into electricity demonstrate a potential industry literally going to waste.


Workshops: 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th March 2011

At the Ladywell Tavern

In these workshops each attendant will make their own electronic singing device which will be added to the installation. You will be able to collect your device after the exhibition is over and keep it. The fee includes all the parts and tools needed to make the device. Ideal for students, community groups, teachers, and anyone who is interested in taking part. We encourage the project to continue and can provide information on how to do realise the project yourself. The exhibition and workshops are supported by the Lewisham Arts Service.


Each workshop will last 4hours.

There are 12 places available per workshop.

Age 10–99 years.

Fee: £5 per person


To book your place please go to: or for group bookings please contact Aoife on

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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