May 25, 2004 at 9pm Liveperformance
May 26-28, 2004 daily from 7-9pm
Studio Sylvie Proidl
A-1070 Vienna, Austria
The topic of this performance is the primary or virgin forest. The
installation SHADOWED LIGHT is showing the dangers that humans face in
the rainforest and how the forest is threatened by humans. This is
combined with a music piece for theremin and saxophone especially
composed for this event by Hannes Heher, titled NIGHT PIECE #1.
In Part 1, the moving light installation, the shadowed reflections of
the individual threats are blended out, leaving only the fragile, naked
humans. The shadow machine moves very slowly across the transparent steles,
and with each passing it changes the illuminated sector where the motion stops.
In Part 2, the threats to the rainforest, a large-format landscape is
overlaid with a transparent veil that bears a skeletal rainforest in
white. The broken shadow is thrown on the logged landscape. The dusty
red-earth road symbolizes the human impact and the permanent damage
we have inflicted.
The atmospheric component is provided by the airy tones emitted by
the theremin, an instrument the musician plays by moving his hands
in an electronic field. The theremin player Wilfried Glas creates
the tones invisibly - the air conveys the notes to us. The saxophonist
Sabine Zwick musically comments the theremin, but adds notes of
uncertainty and destructive elements. NIGHT PIECE #1 completes on
the one hand the installation by adding a positive acoustic element.
On the other hand, its brittle phrases underline our grief at having
lost something irreplaceable.
link: Hannes Heher