[Artists Studios] Governors Island 2020: Charlotte Mundy

A multi-sensory composition Light as a Feather. This work links visual, tactile and olfactory ideas with a fixed musical composition. An invisible female choir whispers, laughs, growls and sings from the corners, at times causing winds to blow, lights to glow and scented mist to be excreted from the walls. Colored paper strips and growing vines cascade from the walls, dancing and crinkling in the unearthly wind. This project is inspired by the medieval innovator and abbess Hildegard of Bingen, whose work argues our physical senses, spirit and intellect are all closely connected and interdependent. 

In Residence: August 1 – October 31 with a future performance on Governors Island in October TBA

Building 10a Nolan Park Governors Island

Special Presentation on September 9, 2020 as part of the Kepler Gardens:

Charlotte will briefly describe her work in philosophy, music and science, and speak about how all of her work stemmed from her care for the community of nuns that she lived with, and for the ecosystem in which her convent was situated. Questions I’m asking as I create this piece are: How can we combine already-available technologies in new, playful, strange, heartfelt ways? How can we create a sense of connection and playfulness in an installation with no live human performers?


Vocalist and composer Charlotte Mundy has been called a “daredevil with an unbreakable spine” (SF Classical Voice). Her surround sound/light/wind/smell installation, Light as a Feather, is made possible by a residency at Harvestworks. Her music has been performed on the Resonant Bodies Festival, Chance and Circumstance, and Periapsis Music and Dance series. Recent performances include a set of music for voice and electronics presented by New York Festival of Song, described as “an oasis of radiant beauty” by the New York Times. Learn more at charlottemundy.com.

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