Video documentation of a video installation at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 2009. Klage/Lament is a four channel installation piece created by Lewis deSoto with Erin Neff (voice). Each channel is a stanza from a poem found in the book "The Glass Bead Game," by Hermann Hesse (1943). The poem is a lament that human life is constantly changeable, never fixed, never at rest. The work is installed in a long fire corridor at the institute. A small aperture lets in natural light through a blue gel. As one walks through the corridor, one encounters four voices singing simultaneously. Because each of the stanzas are time independent of one another, the effect is ever changing. It too, never stays the same.

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