Verbal Mapping II: Emeka Ogboh

Cape Town, South Africa
11 Mar 2013 - 16 Mar 2013

The 6th ‘Infecting The City’ Public Arts Festival will be placing over 60 artworks and performances in unexpected spaces in the middle of the City that challenge Cape Town’s ideas of art and public space.

Artist Emeka Ogboh’s ‘Verbal maps’ are calls made by Lagos bus conductors, melodically shouting out their bus routes to potential passengers or notifying passengers of the next stop. The noisy bus conductor is an icon of the Lagos sonic map, a lyrical wordsmith dishing out Lagos bus routes like freestyle rap. These organic sound marks come together as a chart composed of audio spins to form the verbal maps. Their documentation over time has produced a corpus of work entitled ‘Lagos Soundscapes’, which has been installed in the public space of Cologne, Helsinki and Manchester.

‘Verbal mapping II’ is a set of sound installations around Cape Town’s CBD. Each installation represents a Lagos bus conductor and informs people passing nearby of Lagos bus route creating an interactive performance between Lagos and Cape Town.

Verbal Mapping II-Venue: Adderley St

Date: Thurs 14th March | Sat 16th March

Time: Thurs 2.45pm | Sat 12.45pm

Duration: Various times


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