Sound Off | Janet Cardiff

cardiff1-featureAn installation in The Cloisters’ Fuentidueña Chapel demonstrates how contemporary art can invigorate a historic setting. The Forty Part Motet, 2001 is a fourteen-minute sound installation by the Canadian artist Janet Cardiff (b. 1957). Within the twelfth-century limestone apse in this Romanesque space, Cardiff has installed forty human-height high fidelity audio speakers which line the boundaries of the room. The speakers are displayed at eye level on a thin support and summon a figurative presence. Continue reading