We Want the World to Sing Hallelujah Together
If you happen to be a Leonard Cohen fan, and plan on visiting Montreal before April 2018, you should check The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art’s tribute to Cohen called Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything. The exhibition brings together 20 works by 40 artists from 10 countries.
Among them is our tribute (co-produced by Daily tous les jours) called I Heard There Was a Secret Chord, which asks users to engage in a unique act of community and harmony: the collecting humming of Cohen’s iconic song Hallelujah.
“We were curious about the international reach of Cohen’s work,” says Mouna Andros, who designed the project with her colleague Melissa Mongiat. “We wanted to offer a scientific-mystical experiment created from data, and our choice turned naturally to Hallelujah, which is Cohen’s most popular song on the Internet, and also most often, to understand the impact and scope of the artist.”
Using seven microphones suspended in what Mouna and Melissa dubbed a “recollection space”, each visitor can hum Cohen’s hymn, superimposing their voice alongside hundreds of pre-recorded people and six Montreal choirs. Once inside the space, the number of people actively listening to Hallelujah from around the world begins to affect the experience.
The room also displays the number of listeners playing Hallelujah on YouTube and Spotify in real time. “This number is of great importance because it shows all the individuals we connect to when we listen to the song,” Mouna adds. It represents the collective experience that we potentially live with the entire planet.”