Video: MLive Interview by Todd Chance features Swing Set Drum Kit


Go see Swing Set Drum Kit in Calder Plaza and swing and make music. Vote: 53024

CLICK to see: Swing the drum all day with an interactive ArtPrize piece from Dave Ford by Todd Chance 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The MLive ArtPrize Webcast is a live and unscripted video feed from our new MLive Studios at 169 Monroe Ave. NW, across from Rosa Parks Circle. You can view the webcast live at 4 p.m. in the player at the bottom of this article.

On Thursday’s show, I featured Dave Ford’s entry “Swing Set Drum Kit”for my Interactive Art segment. I choose pieces that rely on the public’s help to make them a reality. If you’re looking for engagement with ArtPrize, this segment is for you.

Ford’s entry is located on Calder Plaza and isn’t too hard to find. Just listen for the banging and clanging of drums and pots and pans.

His contraption plays beats based on how fast or slow people swing on the three connected swings. He claims if you find the right rhythm, you can actually make more than just noise, you can make music.

Ford looks for “found energy” to use in his art. Watch the video for an example of what that means and to see the swing set in action.

Former local radio hosts, Kevin Matthews and Kim Carson will join MLive’s statewide entertainment reporter John “Gonzo” Gonzalez and myself Friday and Saturday as we bring you an informal and fun broadcast featuring a daily sample of the best of ArtPrize 2012.

Gonzalez will keep you up to date with all of the top ArtPrize stories you can find on He’ll have the stories you won’t want to miss.

Carson brings “Kim’s Art Corner,” which features her favorite artists in this year’s competition.

Matthews’ segment, “The Art of Noise,” will feature hand-picked musicians involved in ArtPrize. When possible, a live performance will be included in the webcast.

I’ll bring you the interactive art entries around town. If there’s a way for you to get a hands-on experience and get involved, I’ll feature it in my segment.

Hear more about the concept and the format of the show with this audio from the “Going Gonzo Show” on 1340AM WJRW.


About Dave Ford

An avid collector of handwritten grocery lists, Dave Ford graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in 1993. Afterward, in typical American folklore fashion, Mr. Ford moved to the art dormitory of the eastern U.S., also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There he continued making art, participated in group shows and began creating his “Truck Drawings.” The drawings, which document the truck’s movement with dozens of pencils, proved to be fruitful and were featured in the sixth edition of Dave Eggers', McSweeneys in 2000. This attention generated several commissioned drawings and with the artist’s subsequent move to El Paso, Texas, long distant drawings to Connecticut and San Francisco became logistically possible. The opportunity to do a live drawing from the El Paso-Juarez Border to Grand Rapids for the Artprize event has re-invigorated the truck idea. Dave Ford is currently living in Evanston, Illinois, where he is working on a Swing Set Drum Kit piece.
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