Boyce, Sonia (2008) Drift. [Artefact]


[From the AtomicTV website:]

Working with curator Axel Lapp and the music director Markus Utz, Sonia films the soprano Iris-Anna Deckert singing the same medieval plain chant in different parts of a cloister attached to the Konstanzer Münster in Konstanz, Germany.

Markus Utz speaks about the medieval song ‘O Viridissima Virga’ (Hail, o greenest branch), and its composer Hildegard von Bingen, a mystic and important woman of her time. The song is a beautiful prayer-like homage to Mary as the fertile being through who nature is renewed, bringing great joy as mankind worships to the praise and glory of God. The gently weaving melody is accompanied by a continuous drone and is usually sung by a combination of a male solo voice and unison ensemble verses.

The films are edited so that each rendition of the song begins at the same time. In the finished video installation, each scene is displayed on a seperate screen. As the piece proceeds, the four voices drift in and out of sync, creating a gentle clash and haunting chorus.

Drift was devised as a four screen video installation by Sonia Boyce and was first shown as part of 'Menschen und Orte' curated by Axel Lapp for the 150th anniversay of the Kunstverein in Konstanz, Germany.

Venue Details

  1. Menschen und Orte
    • Location: Konstanz, Germany
    • Dates: 16 Mar - 29 Jun 2008

Item Type: Artefact
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > CREATE/Feminisms cluster
A. > School of Art and Design > Visual Arts > Diasporas
Item ID: 11024
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Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 16:18
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 11:10
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/11024

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