MARGRETHE’S BELL - work for Drive-in Sound Art Gallery
The title refers to a story from the area around Rebild, Denmark, describing two bells from the Solberg Church. One had the inscription “Margrethe Wiffert 1610”, the other from around 1100 AD is representing one of the oldest of its kind in Denmark. According to superstition, small shavings of a church bell had a healing effect on human and animal suffering. The big Solberg bell carries traces of possible nightly guests from former times, obtaining a piece of its healing power. The voice is by Conrad Kemp.
Margrethe's Bell is commissioned and curated by Tulle Ruth for her solar powered Drive In Sound Art Gallery.
2016: Land Art Rebild (DK)
2017: Kartfjord, Lofoten (NO)
2018: Nordens Hus, Island (IS) - upcoming
The Solberg bell has a cross and several tiny fonts, which are difficult to interpret because they are very small, and the characters are flipped. Problems with the bell occurred in 1880, causing a sonic dissonance. Later, a crack was discovered, and after some 80 years, it was replaced.
This work is building a narrative around the bells, the nightly guests, and the inverted text on the big bell that is not possible to decipher.