‘Verses’ takes excerpts of audio footage from recorded interviews and transcribes it to read as verses of a poem, song or prayer. The transcription changes the meter of the recorded narration by virtue of the way in which the lines of speech are structured and presented within it.

Without changing its composition in terms of word content and word sequence, ‘Verses’ attempts to curate the factual and emotional register of the recorded narration.

In addition to being thematically grouped, the verses are juxtaposed with their related recorded narration, in which the ambient sounds of its environment have been deliberately retained (and in some instances layered with other sounds).

‘Verses’ has therefore evolved as a curious exploration of the spatial tensions and dimensions which play between the oral and the aural.

This project is part of a Fellowship supported by Tilting Axis and Het Nieuwe Instituut, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, The Black Archives and Melly.

*korjaal (pronounced kȯr-ē-al) is a dug-out or canoe.

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