Free and open to the public
TRT: 24 min 42 sec
Production Countries: USA, Turkey
An acoustic and visual exploration of the 1500 year-old Hagia Sophia’s reverberant soundscape.
The Voice of Hagia Sophia is an acoustic and visual exploration of the 1500 year-old Hagia Sophia’s reverberant soundscape. For centuries, resonant voice and bounded light worked together inside this magnificent building to evoke the divine. Today as a museum, the function of the space has changed; and it is only through digital technology that we can experience the enveloping sound of Hagia Sophia which can bring us closer to understanding its complex history.
Duygu Eruçman – Director, Editor & Co-Producer
Duygu Eruçman is a documentary filmmaker from Izmir, Turkey. Her short documentaries have screened in many film festivals around the world. Duygu holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently she works as a video producer in Washington D.C. You can learn more about her work here.
Bissera V. Pentcheva – Producer
Bissera Pentcheva is an Associate Professor of Medieval Art at the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Her work focuses on Byzantium and the medieval Mediterranean, more specifically aesthetics, phenomenology, and acoustics. Bissera has three published books: Icons of Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium (Penn Sate Press, 2006), The Sensual Icon: Space Ritual and the Senses in Byzantium (Penn State Press, 2010), and Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium (Penn State Press, 2017).
Image: The Voice of Hagia Sophia 2018 video with sound. Duration: 24 min 42 sec. Courtesy of artists Duygu Eruçman and Bissera V. Pentcheva.
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