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.
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