Palermo in Palermo – the sound of rivers

PALERMO IN PALERMO / the sound of rivers                                                  

Is the second chapter of the Palermo Sound Trilogy    

The focus is on another aspect of Palermo’s sound, the ancient one, in fact two rivers (Kemonia and Papireto) flowed through the city’s historic centre.

For the urban sound installation, the entire historic centre had to be closed to traffic, the sound of the Kemonia and Papireto rivers, which flow underground and diverted from their ancient course in the city’s historic centre, re-emerges, returning to occupy their natural bed for twenty-four hours and for one day only, re-proposing the urban soundscape of the late 16th century, when the rivers were dammed.

An excavation in the geological memory of the city that is also a re-appropriation of its history and its founding myths, those linked to water. 

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