When reading a translation we don’t usually read the original at the same time. This sound installation, exhibited in New York and Abu Dhabi simultaneously, is designed to heighten our sense of “translatedness.” Babel is an 8-channel output audio installation paired with 8 translations of text from the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) which are visually orchestrated to represent a sky-scape, co-composed by myself and Martin Daughtry, musicologist at NYU, with the participation of students in both New York and Abu Dhabi from our global course on Translation, Spring 2011.

The Album

Babel, an 8-channel sound installation explores the moments of loss and discovery in translation. Co-Composed by Diana Chester and J. Martin Daughtry.