HCL artist in residence Christopher Preissing and collaborators David Sundry, Hugh Sato and Pastor Nancy Goede discuss “Blood Lines: remembering the 1919 Chicago Race Riot,” an installation running now through October 31 at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park.
The 38 deaths attributed to the riot are represented by 15 long wires placed above the center aisle to separate Augustana Lutheran Church’s nave into two parts. Each wire is connected to a wooden sculpture, a mechanical activation system, and a sound resonator. The sustained wire sounds are tuned and timed to correspond to the distance in space and time from Eugene Williams’ drowning to each subsequent death. Visitors may view the death locations on a street map recreated on the floor of the nave, read contemporary accounts and police reports, add to a timeline tracing over 500 years of slavery and racism in America, and look at the sound composition and death timeline score.