Maybe you were among the lucky visitors to a sonic installation at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center a couple years ago.
In the piece, called “The Forty Part Motet,” forty speakers on stands were arranged in an oval. Each broadcasted a single singing voice, adding up to a choral performance of a 16th century composition that became a kind of sound sculpture filling the room.
The artist behind that piece, Janet Cardiff, and her husband and creative partner George Bures Miller, have returned to the Bay Area with more interactive sound art. Cardiff and Miller have several pieces up right now at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, showcasing the range of their body of work. They include intimate audio commentary to a family-photo slideshow, robotic marionette choreography, and a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen called “The Poetry Machine.”
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