Mendi + Keith Obadike will discuss their sound/video installation, Sonic Migration, a multi-media creation that explores the rich musical history of the church and the role that Tindley Temple played for newcomers during the first Great Migration. The stories of adaptation, faith and freedom of expression contained within the walls of the church dynamically emerge. Their project infuses music, light, and sonic vibration in a large scale projection of an image of a church organ on the wall of the Church while interpreting the chorus of Charles Tindley’s “A Better Home,” which expresses the spiritual longing and social aspirations of those arriving in Philadelphia seeking a better life.
Ancestral Correspondence: Looking Back at Our Future uses photographs, audio and video storytelling to highlight the events motivating individuals and families to transverse vast tracts of land, to leave families, to initiate new lifestyles, and to establish themselves in unknown communities. As he traveled the Southeastern United States, Lonnie Graham explored the ways in which families stayed connected and how the stories and ideas were conveyed. Young people from the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club worked with Graham to document and record interviews of community members who traveled from the South to create an inclusive, multigenerational project.
The Great Migration: A City Transformed (1916-1930), a project of Scribe Video Center, is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support is provided by the Department of History of Art and the Center for Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania. www.greatmigrationphl.org