Siemon Allen’s Labels is a large architectural installation displayed in the museum’s Music Room. This visual memorial to South Africa’s rich musical past features 5000 photographs of record labels inserted into a suspended clear plastic curtain.
The site-responsive installation has been configured to converse with part of the museum’s collection of historical artifacts and meanders through the space amongst the musical instruments and clocks, to form a number of intimate accessible enclosures.
The exhibition is a historical record, a chronological discography of select labels from his archive. Each label represents an individual recording, visually paying homage to that past by naming every artist in the archive.
Some names and recordings are well known, but many more are now forgotten.
The artwork is on loan by the Artist, Siemon Allen, courtesy of the Goodman Gallery
Further information on Allen’s collection project can be accessed on his searchable web-based database that can be viewed at www.flatinternational.org.