Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet
The publicly and critically acclaimed Forty-Part Motet is now back on display at the National Gallery of Canada.
This brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff is a reworking of Spem in Alium, a piece by 16th-century English composer Thomas Tallis. Forty separately-recorded choir voices are played back through 40 speakers positioned around the Rideau Chapel in the Indigenous and Canadian Galleries. The effect of the work on visitors is deeply moving.
Indigenous and Canadian Galleries Rideau Chapel