Terence Gower (born 1965 in British Columbia, Canada; lives and works in New York City, USA).
“Manifiesto juxtaposes music and architecture, two forms of expression that employ rhythm, harmony, proportion, and dynamics. Mathias Goeritz, in his 1952 Manifiesto de la arquitectura emocional and in his manifesto’s built form, El Eco, added emotion to this list of architecture’s essential characteristics. Canadian artist Terence Gower has incorporated Goeritz’s manifesto into a new musical composition that will be both performed live and played back in El Eco for the duration of his exhibition.
Gower commissioned New York composer Will Orzo to develop a basic gospel melody—a musical form that uses emotion as an engine for spiritual elevation—for a selection of key phrases from Goeritz’s text. The performer of Manifiesto—Rachel Sharples, a young gospel artist from Queens, New York—worked with the artist and composer to record Orzo’s composition as well as her own improvisations on the text. Gower has arranged Manifiesto to demonstrate how cultural manifestos have an emotional and spiritual function similar to that of religious musical forms.”
—“Manifestos for Experimentation and Terence Gower,” e-flux, October 20, 2015.