Audio wave: Soundscape delves into the Mississippi

23 : 04 : 2014 Multimedia : Sound : Audio Installation

New Orleans – When you think of New Orleans, you think beignets and Bourbon Street; debauchery and Mardi Gras. It is easy to forget that it sits along the banks of the widest river in the US – the Mississippi.

The River by Lotte Geeven The River by Lotte Geeven
The River by Lotte Geeven The River by Lotte Geeven
The River by Lotte Geeven The River by Lotte Geeven
The River by Lotte Geeven The River by Lotte Geeven

As part of her solo exhibition Vigor, and the result of a month-long residency at the May gallery in New Orleans, Dutch artist Lotte Geeven created a soundscape inspired by the mighty river.

The multimedia installation, entitled The River, invites visitors into a room where an audio recording of a book compiled by Geeven is emitted through speakers. The book is based on ‘stolen pages’ says Geeven, tracts of texts from a variety of different poems all waxing lyrically about the river. Like the Mississippi, the book travels through its muddy riverbanks, okra fields and plantations, immersing listeners in its world.

LS:N Global has noted that designers are testing out new ways of using media to express literature. For a piece of work on a similar theme, see our Seed on The Echo Project.

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