What does a car door sound like when it is played with a bow?


Gerhard Marx, Shane Cooper

South African artist Gerhard Marx attached parts of classical string instruments on the removable car parts. With his enigmatic installation Vehicle Marx explores the music in inanimate objects. What does a car door sound like when it is played with a bow? At several free performances two musicians will improvise in the installation with the various unorthodox instruments,
including indicators, windscreen wipers and headlights. A text-piece about a road trip by South African writer and poet Toast Coetzer is heard intermiently throughout the installation and performance.

background information

Frascati programme associate artists

For two weeks Frascati theatre will be the home of associate artists William Kentridge and Faustin Linyekula. Alongside performances by themselves and artists who inspire them, there will be a lot of work from their studios.

These presentations show the importance of Kentridges The Centre for the Less Good Idea and Linyekula’s Studios Kabako, and how they function. There will be a unique and exciting programme in which the boundaries between various artforms disappear. Also, we will be organising a series of debates, called The Welcome Table, in which themes from the presentations (that are also topical in the Netherlands) are discussed.

Kentridge and Linyekula use The Centre For The Less Good Idea and Studios Kabako to give both young and more experienced (performing) artists the space, opportunities and inspiration to work on their oeuvre. For Amsterdam they selected work using different criteria: Linyekula is giving two young artists the opportunity to test new work on Dutch audiences as works-in-progress; Kentridge selected presentations from all the seasons thus far been organised at The Centre.

Choose one or more parts of the programme and be surprised by performances that not only add a new perspective to Kentridge and Linyekula’s artistry, but also tell new stories – from intensely political reflections, exceptional childhood memories and attempts to create new myths for a new era.



Gerhard Marx (South Africa, 1976) is living and working in Kaapstad, South Africa. He completed his MA (Fine Art) Cum Laude at the University of

 the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2004). His seventh solo exhibition, Ecstatic Archive, was held at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg in 2019. His work was selected for the Venice Biennale 2013. Other recent international exhibitions include My Joburg at La Maison Rouge, Paris and Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden; and The Beautiful Ones, Nolan Judin, Berlin. Marx’s work is shown regularly at international Art Fairs, including Art Basel, Frieze (London) and FIAC (Paris) and features in numerous public and private art collections. During 2009 he completed two large scale public sculpture commissions in Johannesburg, South Africa: The Fire Walker, a collaboration with William Kentridge; and Paper Pigeon, a collaboration with Maja Marx. He has extensive experience in theatre, as scenographer, director, filmmaker and playmaker, including REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony (directed by Marx, interactive film by Gerhard Marx and Maja Marx, composed by Philip Miller), performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London (2010), the Market Theatre, Johannesburg (2008) and the 62’Centre, William College, Massachusetts (2007).


Shane Cooper is a bassist, composer and producer based in Cape Town, South Africa. His style is known for merging the worlds of South African jazz, electronic music, world music, and experimental sound sculpting. He is the winner of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2013, as well as the South African Music Award for Best Jazz Album in 2014.  His most recent live band MABUTA has a critically acclaimed album released on vinyl with boutique Joburg record label Afrosynth, and distributed with Amsterdam-based record label Rush Hour.  His electronic music project Card On Spokes has performed on Boiler Room, and shared the stage with the likes of Little Dragon, Young Fathers, and Daedelus.  As a sideman and collaborator, Shane has worked with the late Zim Ngqawana, Louis Moholo, Spoek Mathambo, Kyle Shepherd, Lionel Loueke, and many more.  He has also written music for several award-winning films and theatre shows.




concept, directon
Gerhard Marx
performed by
Shane Cooper, Diamanda La Berge Dramm
Toast Coetzer
Gerhard Marx
performed by
Shane Cooper, Kyle Shepherd
video engineering, editing
Joav Dagan, Noah Cohen

This performance was made possible with support by