Force Majeure is a collaborative choral art platform initiated in 2012 by curator/artist Mary Cork. The platform takes its structure from that of a community choir, working with singers on a project-by-project basis. Members of the choir, though not fixed, are often artists or singers working with the medium of sound in alternative ways. Force Majeure produces new projects through collaborative workshops and rehearsals which include people from a variety of creative backgrounds, including artists, composers, curators, choreographers, costume designers, architects.
The sounds produced by Force Majeure are abstract and onomatopoeic and at times sourced from traditional music, with a focus on interpreting natural and mechanical sounds through the human voice. Force Majeure is interested in the way that these sounds, when layered, build a unique soundscape that captures the essence of the topic being explored, creating shape, or the sense of something tangible with layered and textured ‘sculptural’ sound and melodies.