Meghan Ho-Tong, Lucienne Bestall, Matty Roodt
South Africa, 2021, 7’
In “Chorus”, fiction lends to architecture an alternative retelling. Taking as site a modernist Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) in South Africa, the imagined narrative augments the otherworldly qualities of the structure and its landscape, abstracting it from historical specificity to offer new considerations. It recalls how the many voices of a congregation became autonomous from the bodies that housed them, occupying the building with their song. Sound becomes synonym for spectre; the voice recast as ghost. Ecstatic femme voices lead the dissent, accumulating in the upper reaches of the spire. By their haunting, the sopranos make apparent the hidden and disavowed alive within the space, resisting the ideologies that shaped it.
29.09 – 16h