PHYLLIS ODESSEY

lift me like an olive branch

 

Does any body listen to Leonard Cohen anymore? Is it just aging hippies?  If on a warm, sunny, Saturday afternoon in NYC, a museum show can be so crowded, you have to step over bodies to enter a gallery room, it proves that Leonard Cohen can still draw a  crowd.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in
Ring the bells that still can ring (ring the bells that still can ring)
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
(there is a crack in everything)

That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in

Self-Portraits 2003-2017, projection of 220 drawings.

A Crack in Everything is a new show at the Jewish Museum.  Organized by the Museum d’art Contemporain de Montreal, this show is as clever as it is mesmerizing. The exhibition is spread out over 3 floors.  Instead of the usual , memorabilia, record albums, photos, etc. this one man show has paid homage to the artist by asking a group of artists to create a work about Leonard Cohen.  Each room offers a different experience.

I’m Your Man

I’m Your Man is a nineteen channel video installation.  The eighteen voices are individuals who have been fans of Leonard Cohen for decades.  Each one performs the song  I’m Your Man.

The Poetry Machine

This piece is by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.  A vintage Wurlitzer organ and a room full of speakers and a carpet selected by Cardiff and Miller.  This is an interactive audio/mixed media installation.  You press any of the keys and hear Cohen reading from his book of poems, Book of Longing.

Daily Tous Les Jours

Microphones drop from the ceiling.  You put your mouth to the mic and hum along with tune Hallelujah.  This is a “participatory humming experience that reveals an invisible vibration uniting people around the world listening to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.” – text from the show.
website: asecretchord.com
This website allows people anywhere to tune into the same perpetually fluctuating choir of Hallelujah.

There is one room I missed.  Depression Chamber by Ari Folman.  This is an interactive, computer-animated video installation, live camera, Kinect sensor, black and white and color with sound… “Visitors are invited, one at a time, to enter a sarcophagus-like environment and are plunged into an otherworldly experience.” – text from the show.
NOTE: You need to make a reservation when you arrive at the museum.

And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you think you’ll may be trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind

Well I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

This show is like the glue that mends the crack in everything. Hallelujah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A
Crack
in
Everything
LEONARD COHEN

DAILY TOUS LES JOURS
ART AND DESIGN STUDIO
FOUNDED IN MONTREAL, 2010

I Heard There Was a Secret Chord,
after the 2017 work of the same title, 2018

Participatory audio installation, including an octagonal wooden structure, microphones, speakers, transducers, and digital display
Courtesy of Daily tous les jours

I Heard There Was a Secret Chord is a participatory humming experience that reveals an invisible vibration uniting people around the world currently listening to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

The work is an exploration of the metaphysical connection between people on a common wavelength. Here real-time online listener data is transformed into a virtual choir of humming voices. The number of voices played back in the space corresponds to the current online listener count, which is visible on the hanging numerical display.

Participants are free to sit or lie down on the octagonal structure, and by humming along with the choir into the microphones, low-frequency vibrations are generated, closing the circuit of collective resonance with their bodies. The project comprises this participatory audio installation and a website.

The website, asecretchord.com, operates as a one-song radio channel allowing people anywhere to tune into the same perpetually fluctuating choir of humming Hallelujah voices and to connect to the universal Cohen magic.

Daily tous les jours creates large-scale, interactive installations driven by collective experiences. The art and design studio uses technology and storytelling to explore collaboration, the future of cities, and the power of humans. It is best known for its work in public spaces, in which passing crowds are invited to play a critical role in the transformation of their environment and their relationships. Daily tous les jours was cofounded by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos.

Commissioned by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
and the National Film Board of Canada, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

The lyrics to the song Hallelujah are provided

 

 

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