Ghost Opera

Ghost Opera
2020, sound, light


Ghost Opera (2020) is a new sound/light installation which is based on bird calls. The sounds or ‘voices’ are manipulated and extracted, creating a sound collage played from a speaker outside the building. Inside, a long tube extending from the ceiling almost to the floor shines a flickering light at the bottom mimicking the sounds outside. The sounds used in the installation are extracted from recordings of extinct bird species – their voices creating a connection between past and future species. Like messages from a different dimension – a ‘ghost opera’ – the installation establishes an emotional connection, re-establishing the presence of the birds, perhaps giving them a place into the future.


Installation views: Fertile Ghosts, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Amsterdam, 2020


Ghost opera, Ann Lislegaard
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