Sharmanka: Gothic Kinetic! This artistic trio started out in Leningrad but have been based in Glasgow since the mid-90s. If you live in Scotland (or visit), they may be familiar to you.

“‘Sharmanka’ is the Russian word for ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and is a collaboration between sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky, theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya and light and sound designer Sergey Jakovsky.” quote from Inverness Museum and Gallery.

We happened upon this fascinating installation in Inverness in September 2011. The Highland Museum and Art Gallery is a few steps up a little hilly street from the main drag in lovely old Inverness, but this part of town is well sign-posted. Some point-and-shoot pics here. I think the enthusiasm shows.

Philippa Robert Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

If you missed it, Sharmanka will be back in September-November this year at the same venue.  Be sure to ask the attendant to turn on the sound and light show. The pieces are interesting in themselves but take on more meaning with the works!

Here they are on YouTube. There is enchantment and horror all rolled into the package, but G-rated.

Such unexpected finds at local museums! Have you had similar good fortune?

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