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Art: Pedro Reyes creates working musical instruments from decommissioned arms

Posted by James Cartwright,

Disarm is a series of musical instruments created by artist Pedro Reyes from the remnant parts of decommissioned weapons. The guns, taken from a hoard of illegal weapons collected by the Mexican army, have been repurposed into mechanical musical machines, programmed and operated by computers, but also able to be played by humans. For a recent show at the Lisson Gallery Pedro opened the exhibition with a live performance of the instruments, before they were exhibited alongside mixed media works exploring similar themes of societal responsibility.

Pedro believes the act of transforming the utility of these killing machines is “…more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place, the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for the lives lost.”

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.