Konrad Smoleński, ‘Bomb’, 2003, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘Bomb’, 2003, West Den Haag
Konrad Smoleński, ‘Bomb’, 2003, West Den Haag

A series of string instruments made by Smoleński (baritone guitar) whose shape is inspired by rocket missiles. Trying his hand at lutherie and inspired by the DIY aesthetic, the artist experiments with various construction solutions of such missiles as the BGM — 109 Tomahawk, AGM 65 — Maverick and AGM — 88 HARM. Initially, Bomb was an artistic object, but with time it came to be used by the band BNNT as a musical instrument.

About Konrad Smoleński

Konrad Smoleński describes his work as a mix of “spectacular pyrotechnic effects” and “minimal punk aesthetic.” Smoleński’s works frequently have an audio component, which might take the form of noise, music, or noise music. Speakers and microphones are also frequent motifs in his installations, appearing in overwhelming configurations and quantities, often alongside combustible materials and flames. The artist has an openly anarchic disposition, which manifests in the works as a sense of anxiety, disorientation, and awe. Smoleński works in multiple mediums including photography, videos, installation, sculpture, and performance. He is also an active experimental musician, and performs in guerrilla concerts with his group BNNT.

Polish, b. 1977, based in Warsaw and Bern, Switzerland