There is already a lot of interest in the non-traditional exhibition
The oldest exhibit is over 100 years old
A one-of-a-kind interactive bagpipe museum has opened its doors in the Smolyan village of Stoikite. Diana Georgieva, the artistic director of the exhibition, told “Trud” about the idea, difficulties and organization of the project.
“The community board of the village got together and decided to make a bagpipe museum, together with Kostadin Ilchev, who is the head of “101 kaba bagpipes” in Smolyan. I learned about the idea from my father and suggested to do something different, not the usual museum. Then came the idea to be interactive – the kind that does not exist in Bulgaria. I went to a meeting with the board, I proposed the idea to them, but at first they didn’t understand exactly what I meant. I wanted it to be something that fully involved people’s senses – not just to go and see it, but also to hear and touch it. I made a project plan with photos so that they could get a real idea of what I want to be done”, explains Diana.
Every visitor can touch the components of the authentic bagpipe.
She graduated in film art in England and from there she got different ideas. All the effects that they learn to create are for the purpose of deceiving the public in a pleasant way, and the qualities and knowledge that they acquire from there are fully transferred to the idea of this museum. Her wish is to do a big study on exactly what effect the bagpipe, especially the kaba bagpipe, has on people.
An interesting creation of Diana is a sculpture made in the form of a bagpipe sound wave in a cylinder and resembling a DNA model, as an arrangement of hanging squeals suspended on a string. The sound of the bagpipe actually comes out of the squeal. All the squeals from the model are a donation to the museum, and since there are too many, the decision is to display them in the form of a sculpture.
A sculpture made in the form of a bagpipe sound wave in a cylinder and resembling a DNA model, as an arrangement of hanging squeals suspended on a string.
On display is the organic part of the elder tree, from which the squeakers are mainly made, and you can clearly see the four stages of preparation for making – from the piece, through carving and drying to splitting.
The four stages of preparation for the making of the squeakers – from a piece of elder wood, through carving and drying to splitting.
The museum has a workshop-recreation of a master bagpipe maker. “I went several times to Kostadin Ilchev, as well as to many other masters, to see firsthand how exactly the process takes place. There is a small stove on which the future squeals of bundles are dried, hides are soaked in the back, there are also tools, aprons, including brandy – my idea was to recreate the setting as realistically as possible”, says Diana. The reenactment introduces visitors directly to the environment and setting in which the handmade instrument was born.
The corner with a sound experiment is special, in which there is a photo of a solo bagpiper against 333 bagpipes and two pairs of headphones. So every visitor can hear recordings of the solo bagpiper and a recording of many bagpipes to feel the difference and why the collective performances are made.
On the “Guinness Wall” Apostle Kisyov is depicted, and around him, on pieces of leather from the bagpipe, from which the bagpipe itself is made, are written the names of absolutely all participants in the Guinness record in 2012 – 333 bagpipe players.
The oldest exhibit is a bagpipe, which is more than 100 years old.
The exhibits are from all over Bulgaria, sent by donors. The head of the project, Maria Kisyova, together with a team, collected them for a year and there are all kinds of bagpipes.
All objects are displayed in showcases that are not standard for a museum. “We constantly consult with museum experts from the Smolensk Museum, because there are requirements. The condition was that they were encapsulated in glass, not on wood. My father and I called our friend from the village of Smilyan, who is a carpenter, and he made showcases that are very close to our surrounding nature, to make it even more authentic,” Diana explained. The museum is painted in dark shades to make the exhibits stand out.
The museum was opened on June 25 this year and was created by Diana and her father, together with a small team, with completely free and voluntary work. When they start doing it, exhibits are still being collected, and after a short break, in about two months everything is finished. There is a lot of interest from tourists from all over the country as well as from foreigners.
The sounds of planets and bagpipes are similar
The “Cosmic Room” – the sounds of some planets come very close to the hertz of the bagpipes.
One of the most interesting corners of the museum is the “space room”. During her research, Diana learns more about the hertz of the bagpipe, what the sound is close to, and learns why they sent Valya Balkanska’s recording of “Izlel e Delho Haydutin” into space. It turns out that the sounds of some planets come very close to the hertz of a bagpipe.
The bagpipe with which the piper Dimitar Petkovski played on the recording of the song “Izlel e Delho Haydutin” by Valya Balkanska, sent to space.
Diana’s brother makes a recording of her playing only the cymbals, then she makes a mix of the natural sounds of Earth, Venus and the Sun to play in the room. The idea of the hall is to break away from reality and sink into the sounds of the bagpipes while enjoying the Cosmos, which is associated with cosmic sounds. People say this room is the thing they least expected to see in the museum. “It’s very important when creating something like this to do deep research, not just line up a few items. I learned that whatever you do, whatever kind of art, you have to have a very deep intention, you have to have a reason, the idea is not just to be beautiful”, says Diana.