Serena Korda creates large-scale ensemble performances that frequently combine her ceramic sculptures and sonic investigations. Her sculptural assemblages often become instruments for people to play. There is a playful spiritualism in Korda’s performances, experiments, and gatherings, which treats everything that is unexplained—whether religious, extraterrestrial, or scientific—with the same generous wonder and sincerity.
For the High Line, Korda presents Missing Time, a new immersive sound performance developed for the Falcone Flyover, between 25th and 27th Streets. Missing Time considers the history and mythology of the High Line as a “thin place”—a portal to other worlds—while exploring its transformation and invisible histories. The piece features the a cappella group Mouthful (Dave Camlin, Sharon Durant, Bex Mather, and Katherine Zeserson), who improvise across specific frequencies derived from planets otherwise known as the “Music of the Spheres.” Visitors experience the singers’ voices and manipulated radio waves through stereo headphones that play a mixed version of the sounds captured through a microphone located under the pathway and mixed by the artist.
Image: Serena Korda, Missing Time, the Sunderland Acoustic Sound Mirror. Photo: Chris Egon Searle.