2018, Performative Intervention, duration: 13 min
In the sound performance Music Requisites, the third act of Richard Wagner’s opera “Die Feen” (Fairies) resounds from the speakers of parked cars. The streets are dark. As the music piece evolves, it travels from one car to the next. Each of these passages is accompanied by the car’s interior light illuminating. Eight parked cars are activated in this manner, culminating in a long line of light and sound.
The cars—as typical parts of everyday life, standing for movement, travel and relocation—are brought to life through the sounds of Richard Wagner’s music. The arias, duets and choral passages take us on an imaginary journey into a world of kings, fairies and magic. King Arindal has to free his love, the beautiful fairy Ada. In order to break the spell, he undergoes endless efforts, which lead him to the kingdom of the underworld. With the help of the magician Groma he succeeds and is united with Ada forever.
With their motors, gasoline pipes and no less with their industrial design, cars mirror the technological developments, world economies, conflicts and policies of three centuries of human history. This is precisely the time frame when the Western world underwent its most rational era. In Music Requisites, the vehicles take on the role of amplifiers and together with the accompanying light, they intertwine legends and the mystical world with the technological or even scientific developments that guide modern life. They become platforms for telling a fantastical story, followed by the emotional Wagnerian music and the Symbolism of the late 19th century. The dramatic opera passages, affect the listener`s psychology, while unwillingly denouncing modern life.