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Christine Wallers & Steve Peters: Alchemy

Historic San Ysidro Church, Corrales, NM

Originally titled Alchemy of Desire, this collaborative installation with visual artist Christine Wallers was first presented in September 2000 as a site-specific installation at the historic San Ysidro Church in Corrales, New Mexico. The sound is derived from the whispering voices of 32 people reading written responses we received from over 300 people in fifteen countries to our invitation to imagine change in the world. Individual voices are heard through a series of large bowls made of spun yellow brass with transducers affixed to the underside, set upon steel plates suspended from the ceiling. The voices are electronically transformed into increasingly abstract tones as they flow through the space and gradually subside into silence. Random groupings of unprocessed voices are played at very low volume through small speakers distributed throughout the gallery.