Groundwork – Janet Cardiff | now – 27 August | Richmond Chapel| Penzance


Presented by Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange

Janet Cardiff’s sound installation Forty Part Motet

Richmond Chapel, Penzance, TR18 2AB

25 May – 27 August 2018

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This exhibition is an extra bit special to me, as it’s the first time that Richmond Chapel (which’s privately owned) has been open to the community in almost a decade and I simply can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of this new chapter.

In Janet Cardiff’s acclaimed sound installation Forty Part Motet, the Salisbury Cathedral Choir are recorded singing an arrangement of the 1556 choral work Spem in Alium Numquan Habui. Each one of the forty voices was recorded separately and is played back to the listener individually through the arrangement of forty speakers laid out around the chapel. The uniqueness of the installation is enhanced by the fact that you can wander around the space and feel the power of each voice flowing through you; you even hear the performers taking and break and casually chatting away once the singing ends.  Simply beautiful and well worth a visit. Open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm.

Groundwork is a season of exhibitions and events by international artists in Cornwall.

• Featured photo courtesy of Groundwork

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