Enter a Hall of 40 Acoustic Guitars Played by Tiny Motors — Video

Sometimes—although it is rare—the worlds of guitars and art meet up.

Something along these lines is taking place at the Center for Contemporary Art in Aalst, Belgium.

Ruben D’Hers, a guitarist and sound artist from Caracas, sees “chords as autonomous sound spaces” and uses acoustic guitars and motors to create a juxtaposition of "organic" and "machine."

In this work, which is titled "chords tunnel #1," D’Hers hangs 40 acoustic guitars and 40 tiny suspended motors on the walls of the Center for Contemporary Art.

With a small propeller or vibrating cable, each motor strums a different chord, creating some very nice and unique dissonance. Check out the video below.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.