Chantal Michelle

Resonance of Brutality merges the realms of sound and architecture, drawing inspiration from composers such as Iannis Xenakis and R. Murray Schafer. The project explores the sonic landscape of Berlin’s Brutalist churches, capturing their acoustic essence through meticulous field recordings. Focusing on iconic structures like Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, St. Agnes Kirche, and Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, the intent is not only to create sonic time capsules but also to question the significance of architectural acoustics in our collective memory. Architecture’s auditory dimensions are deeply intertwined with cultural nuances, reflecting the broader social fabric. Brutalism was a movement intimately bound to ideas of social emancipation. By recording in different Brutalist churches throughout Berlin, the collected sounds serve as auditory artifacts, offering a glimpse into the cultural tapestry that shapes each environment’s sonic identity.  

(photo credit: Carolyne Loreé Teston)

Chantal Michelle is a composer and artist whose practice centers on the transformative properties of sound and its potential to dissolve the confines of physical presence. Through the architectural manipulation of sound, she constructs densely textured electroacoustic works that disorient and immerse, inviting alternate forms of perception. Her work has been realized as site-specific installations, multichannel compositions, ensemble performances, and recorded material. It has been presented internationally at institutions including Fridman Gallery and Cafe OTO, released on labels including SUPERPANG and Dinzu Artefacts, and featured in publications such as The Wire and The Guardian. She is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts [US].

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