The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, 901 S. College St., Auburn, will screen "TRIMPIN: the sound of invention" at 5 p.m. EST Tuesday. After the screening, there will be a presentation and discussion by Trimpin, the artist featured in the film, and Peter Esmonde, the director.
The film takes a journey through the sonic world of an eccentric creative genius. Trimpin is an artist, inventor, engineer and composer who shuns the hype of the commercial art world. At the same time, his work is praised and sought after by museums all over the world.
The documentary was filmed over two years, as Esmonde follows the artist as he devises a perpetual motion machine, builds a 65.5 foot-tall tower of automatic electric guitars and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet on a world premiere.
In 1996, Trimpin received both a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for his creative investigations of acoustic music in spatial relationship. A specialist in interfacing computers with traditional acoustic instruments, he developed a myriad of methods for playing everything from giant marimbas to stacks of electric guitars via computer.
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The screening is free.