The Chorus (2017) is a mixed reality experiment using archival content from srbska.org
What happens when multiple stories of the past reside in the same place? Which stories of the past can we believe?
It is my understanding that places such as Wünschendorf and Srbská exist as a complex lattice of individual subjective experiences. I have attempted to understand this village through the stories of those who remember it – namely those who were exiled in 1946, but also through the stories of the residents who occupied their homes in following years. The Chorus also presents the viewer with the one story I know best. My own. Over my years of discovering the village I have heard many stories, many voices and yet I can only perceive them through a story which is re-created in relation to the present context. My own story of the village is constantly reformulated to incorporate newer fragments of information, making me question the veracity of any one interpretation of the past.
The viewer is invited to become an active participant in uncovering a story from this village, moving through the installation, encountering stories, holographic artefacts and video from the online archive srbska.org
Interviewees Mrs Jiraková, Ines Muller, Mr Ressel
Interpreters Marcela Šomjáková, David Lion
Voiceovers Vanessa Nitsche
Composition Colin Riley
HoloLens Development Edward Silverton
Cinematography Daniel Grasskamp
Sound recording Ryan Bentley
Narrative treatment Sarah Naomi Lee
Actors Phil Rees, Shirley Jaffe