a few left traces 2009
Group exhibition, table, sound various objects

Curated by Ben Gwilliam & Helmut Lemke

Contributing Artists:
Neil Carver: amplified magnetic objects
Ben Gwilliam: magnetic tape & processes
Tomas Korber: guitar electronics
Helmut Lemke: cassette tapes & long strings
Lee Patterson: amplified objects & processes
Matt Wand: miniaturized homemade electronics
Hainer Woermann: amplified cardboard & preparations

‘a few left traces’ is a performance and exhibition concept initiated and curated by Ben Gwilliam and Helmut Lemke. It took place at the Chapman Gallery at the University of Salford as part of the European Night of Museums 2009, organized and funded in co-operation with the Arts Unit. Following on from a previous event in 2007 (then the silence increased), ‘a few left traces’ is both a performance event and a subsequent exhibition that unpicks sound/music as an Interdisciplinary Art Practice, bringing together thought and debate as part of the process of making.

On Saturday, the 16th May 2009 from 7pm to 11pm, 7 musicians and sound artists collaborated together on one communal surface (20ft x 8ft table). Central to the performance is making new improvisations and to try new collaborations between players who have not done so before. Risk and experimentation are important and strongly encouraged in this context.


It is from this performance that the exhibition formed as a document to the processes that took place within the collaborations. The resulting body of work included: Recordings of the process in sound, video and drawing, individually and as a whole and collected objects left over from the sound generating events.

These 'Left Traces' were assembled and projected back onto the table as the exhibition, exposing the temporal and musical processes (traces) that happened in time.

Exhibited at the Chapman Gallery 18th May - 5th June 2009
Funded by the University of Salford