(Photos by Christo Doherty)
Film & TV (Shubham Metha and Jurgen Meekel) documented the ‘Ponte Preacher’ project by Pauline Theart, MA Interactive Media Design, Digital Art.
The sound intervention took place on 20 June 2014 from 15h00 to 16h00 at the Ponte building in Johannesburg.
Pauline Theart’s art practice specialises in sound interventions using her own voice as a medium. The work ‘Ponte Preacher’ serves as an investigation into the use of voice and song within architectural space, serving as an artistic response to her Afrikaner identity in the city of Johannesburg.
The creative project incorporates the use of her voice singing a lullaby in Afrikaans, providing an intimate engagement between sound and site-specificity within the inner city of Johannesburg. Theart sees the vocal interventions in the site as a form of ‘nursing’ the ‘wounds’, nursing another’s child, as the city does not belong to her. The use of the lullaby is personal, as it is reminiscent of her first introduction to song in her mother tongue, and reflects on the socially cohesive nature of song within society.-
Ponte Preacher investigates the sporadic presence of Afrikaans speaking residents in the inner city of Johannesburg, who either rejects the language and culture or engages with it privately. Theart’s voice explores and engages the acoustic elements of the Ponte building, its surroundings and the dynamic soundscape it is situated in. This allows her to ‘play’ the Ponte like a unique sound instrument, with her voice filling the empty basement parking areas and subsequently flowing up to the top floor.