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Not The Full Story.

About the musical chairs

The initial idea. Where did it come from?

The Mission to create an experience. 

 Chairs were so important in fine art , the position of where we see from and how we see and at this moment in time, how we are seen.
Art is about how you look at the subject.
One might also consider also the language?

a pastel picture of a wheelchair after van gogh crackedpainter. John Baldwin.
photograph of a needle in contact with a broken record. in yellow. crackedpainter. John Baldwin.

I was watching a lecture about Tony Conrad.

He was using a drill to turn a record. The first thought that occurred to me was, how he talked about music.

the second was,

what is this man doing?

was it this artists'  work / music that created cognitive tunnels between the act of my thinking, art and sound.

So I got a drill and a record.

didn't want to make the record turn I wanted to do something different I wanted to create a new sound a different piece of art from music.

I took a record and reduced it .







broken records pieces reasembled crackedpainter. John Baldwin.

When i say i reduced..... I cut them, drilled them broke them even reconstructed them. 


I know I wanted to combine the Chair and music.
The why was unclear at this point.
The how was a bit fuzzy.
I was looking forward to the experimentation.

image of a collection of parts from a wheelchair and record player. a projection covers elements of the ensemble. crackedpainter. John Baldwin.
deconstructed and reconstructing the form

deconstructed and reconstructing the form

Broken un-broken
reconstruct from the deconstruct

Beware some may find theses triggering.....

gramophone in an old wheelchair crackedpainter. John Baldwin.
black and white collage of a wheel.John Baldwin. crackedpainter
black and white collage of a wheel .2.John Baldwin. crackedpainter
silver musical chair. John Baldwin. Crackedpainter
gramophone in an old wheelchair crackedpainter. John Baldwin.
acoustic trumpet retrieved from a gramophone balanced on the back of a wheelchair. beneath a turntable and arm off of another gramophone. John Baldwin. crackedpainter
first consideration. A chromed wheelchair converted into a musical chair that plays reconstructed records.John Baldwin. Crackedpainter
Musical chairs. a record box sits next to a converted wheelchair. next to what appears to be a music stand.John Baldwin. Crackedpainter

Health and Safety.


Due to the nature of this work, I would like to advise the following.

Should you decide to sit within the chair please respect that it is not built for speed.

It is not a toy. IT IS NOT A demonstration of disability it is the “Demonstration of Experience”. This is not a didactic demonstration there are no wrong or right ways to interpret the experience.

Please note.

The occupant may experience the following Side effects these may include;


Awkward questions.

Awkward silences. 

Life stories of strangers,

Conversations in relationship to medication and or experience of being in a wheel chair.

Asked to look after items of value for example bags or coats.

There maybe, offers of prayer, should this occur, options are that one can politely accept, or tell the offeree to **** off.  

It is advised to be patient at all times. Hostility can be verbal and physical. 

You may experience isolation however this can be compensated by drunk people feeling the need to sit on your lap.

Also be aware with handles present there may be an uncontrollable urge for people whom may/may not have consumed alcohol want to push you unasked to a mystery destination.

Please only one person in the musical chair at all times.

Facilitators welcome.


Plymouth University and Cracked Painter take no responsibility should the user of the chair become emotional with this experience.

The faculty and creator do not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, spectators or others who might participate in the wheel chair experience.

In consideration for the participation in the said activity, the individual, group, organization, business, spectator, or other (collectively “Participant”), does hereby release and forever discharge the Faculty and Artist and its/Their affiliates and the respective officers, directors, volunteers, agents, contractors, representatives, members, partners, board members and employees (collectively, “Releasees”) jointly and severally from any and all actions, claims and demands for, upon or by reason of any damage, loss, death, or injury, which maybe sustained related to (1) my participation in the activity. (2) The negligence or the acts of others, whether directly connected to these activities or not, caused by any releasees, or (3) the condition of the premises where the activity occurs.

I also agree that this release extends and applies to next of kin, heirs, executors, administrators, guardians, spouse and legal representatives, will not make a claim against, sue or attach the property of any releasee in connection with any matter covered by the for going release.

This release also extends and applies to, covers and includes, all unknown, Unforeseen, unanticipated, unsuspected injuries, damage, loss, liability and the consequences thereof. As well as now disclosed, and known to exist.