Palimpsest I

8 channel audio

Locations

Virtual: www.palimpsest.one

Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, May - July 2022

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A palimpsest is a script or parchment where writing has been erased to make room for new text. A new idea supplants an old, but sediments of the past seep in. Working with a choir of eight singers, in multiple recording sessions, this piece acts as sonic palimpsest - reworking Renaissance choral music through multiple iterations to create an eight speaker installation. The work speaks to notions of inheritance, ownership and indebtedness in music, culture and the arts, as it weaves historical motifs through the de-construction and re-composition of traditional choral pieces.