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'Redundant as eyelids in absence of light.' is a libretto for a five-dimensional dystopian opera set in a society in which all forms of language and interpersonal communication have been mitigated or eliminated. Composed in blank verse but filtered through the jargon of the archive, the screenplay, the legal system and the political speech, the libretto is staged in various forms, such as publication, exhibition, and concert. For the 14th Performance Project the libretto is translated from English to Greek to an endangered Greek whistled language, then transcribed to musical notation, forming the basis of a composition to be played on the organ of Basel’s St. Alban-Kirche by Swedish organist Hampus Lindwall. Each song represents an attempt by the protagonists to relearn various communication tools such as image, sound, movement, textile, writing, and broadcasting, yearning for connections in a world where expressive and dialogic forms have been suppressed to the brink of being forgotten.

 

Presented in co-operation with Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, which will stage the opera as an exhibition opening 29 June and running through 16 September.

Studio for Propositional Cinema
RECITAL: Redundant as eyelids in absence of light., 2018

13. June 2018, 19:00

St. Alban-Kirche
St. Alban-Kirchrain 11, Basel
Free admission