Starting September 24, Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker's Logan Squared sound installation will be on view on Sundays from 2–4:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central location. Part of the citywide Monument Lab exhibition, Logan Squared is a sound monument to public voice and collective memory. Ogboh’s work incorporates Rucker's poetry and choral music, braiding sounds together for an immersive experience. FREE.
Logan Squared: Ode to Philly
Emeka Ogboh featuring Ursula Rucker
Born in 1977 • Nigerian • Based in Berlin/Lagos
As a monument to Philadelphians’ voices and visions, Emeka Ogboh’s Logan Squared: Ode to Philly features a collaboration with beloved Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker, members of the Chestnut Street Singers, and hundreds of Philadelphians whose ideas were documented during Monument Lab’s discovery phase. Throughout his work, Ogboh creates soundscapes to honor and understand cities. For Monument Lab, Ogboh conceived of a collaboration to channel public participation and reflection. Responding to the Monument Lab open dataset, Rucker composed an epic poem serving as the backbone of this composition. Visitors may access the sound monument at listening stations around the square where they can plug in their headphones to access the composition, or attend a special weekly multichannel sound installation on the Skyline Terrace of the Parkway Central Library. In the rooftop version, attendees are invited to experience a multichannel sound installation, including the sounds of Rucker’s poem and a special choral arrangement of Louis Gesensway’s Four Squares of Philadelphia: “Logan Square at Dusk,” as well a singular view of Logan Square.