lotte geeven installs the river book + sound piece in new orleans lotte geeven installs the river book + sound piece in new orleans
apr 15, 2014

lotte geeven installs the river book + sound piece in new orleans

lotte geeven installs the river book + sound piece in new orleans
all images courtesy of lotte geeven




the bright installation at may gallery in new orleans serves as a room where one can listen to a 1 hour and 15 minute reading of ‘the river’, a book by amsterdam-based multimedia artist lotte geeven. based on stolen pages, the piece describes the 2320.2 mile current of the great mississippi river. navigating from one voice to another, the 440 page volume transcends through history, past the muddy riverbanks, valleys, okra fields and plantations. the story has been constructed from hundreds of poems that mention the river, with captivating words about water which are arranged by states, from the source of the river to the delta.



‘dr. christophe jackson reading the river; a book by lotte geeven’
video courtesy of lotte geeven



the work has been completed with the generous support of the mondriaan fund, the rosa mary foundation, the netherland america foundation, riso, michael wilkinson and the may season members.

installation overview showing the room where the reading takes place


installation detail





the book ‘the river’


visitor reading





project info:


voice: dr. christophe jackson
outline: produced during a residency at may
may artistic director: keene kopper
publication director: émilie lamy



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