CAPE TOWN, South Africa
Traveling interative sound installation, Homing, by Jenna Burchell
31 August - 9 September 2014
Wandering through a forest of hundreds of glimmering copper strings, strung from floor to ceiling, touch, listen and play your memories of home. Dogs barking, laughter, thunder, traffic, a piano - wherever you may be today, wherever you may live, each string of this touch-sensitive instrument Homing triggers familiar sounds that take you back to that place, real or imagined, where you know you belong, feel safe, breathe easily.
The travelling project Homing encourages audiences to talk about what home means to them in the context of diaspora. It is an opportunity to move diverse people to interact and exchange stories, embracing the differences and similarities that unite South Africans. This meticulously hand-built interactive environment has been designed to be an accessible and exciting meeting of contemporary art, sound and live interactive participation.
These soundscapes are recorded and collected with the local community prior to each exhibition opening. Some of these memories, conversations and ambient sounds are heard raw, others processed into intricate musical tones.