m+k:: big house / disclosure (2007) music/public sound installation/performance

   

http://bighouse.northwestern.edu

 

This intermedia suite was commissioned by Northwestern University for the 200th anniversary (1807-2007) of the abolition of the British Slave Trade. We worked with our curators’ (Huey Copeland and Krista Thompson) students in collecting 200 video interviews with citizens in the Chicago area about the city’s slavery era disclosure ordinance.  This ordinance requires any corporation seeking a city contract to disclose if they profited or descended from a company that profited from the transatlantic slave trade. The Big House /Disclosure website has three modules: For the Record, Ghost of a Dance and Built on Numbers. For the Record displays excerpts from the video interviews with questions about the disclosure ordinance, architecture and slavery, and house music. Ghost of a Dance features performers interpreting text-based performance scores and graphic musical scores about interpersonal relations in the “big house” in 200 short video segments. Built on Numbers features a downloadable ringtone and a live stream a 200-hour house song/ sound installation created from vocal samples taken from the audio interviews.

 

 



 

Big House / Disclosure audio excerpt

 


Big House / Disclosure audio excerpt