A Lump in the Throat, an audio installation by GM Urso, aims to create an intimate space inside St George’s Bloomsbury where visitors can wander, pause, and listen. From the distance only the instrumental version of Gluck’s Che farò senza Euridice? (What is life to me without thee?) can be heard but coming closer it is possible to make out a voice singing in English. It is Orfeo, crying in desperation at Euridice’s death. Gradually another language emerges, and then another, to emphasize the global proportion of the pandemic that has struck the world.
A Lump in the Throat not only functions as a memorial for the Coronavirus victims but also acknowledges the millions of people who have recovered from the illness, often coming back from an induced coma, at last able to breathe again. Hopefully, witnessing Orfeo’s despair, they can come to terms with their own trauma.
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