Thomas Tallis's choral masterpiece Spem in Alium was written circa 1573 for forty parts ' eight choirs of five voices. Now, in this contemporary audio installation, Tallis's renaissance epic is reborn in an emotional experience of space and intimacy.
Forty separately recorded voices resound through forty speakers ' each placed torso-like in clusters of five singular voices aligned in an arc. As we move through the space we become
'intimately connected with the voicesâ¦' allowing us to fully engage with the 'sculptural construction' of Tallis's music.
Janet Cardiff is a Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist whose work combines sound, movement and the environment across a range of media including film, video and photography. She has participated in the Munster Skulptur Projekte (1997), exhibited in the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh (1999), and represented Canada at the Venice Biennale (2001) with long-standing collaborator George Bures Miller.
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