24 hour live radio performance of sound, poetry and radio works inspired by the Universe.
A project by Human Kind Records, V XX ZWEETZ and lifops.
--- Mein Vater Erzählt Mir Jeden Sonntag Unsere Neun Planeten --- is a sound and performance installation that invites the public to discover heterotopic spaces where the experience of listening and sharing solitude helps to detach ourselves towards unfamiliar places, a spiritual space to re-open our imagination, creativity and the way we reflect upon things.
Two urban shops are transformed into spaceships and inhabited by two astronauts for the duration of 24 hours, both connected by a radio transmission.
The first one is a radio station that wants to question the unknown spaces beyond the boundaries of the Earth through the practice of listening.
The second one is a place where the the gaze is focused on the relationship of intimacy between human beings, exploring the distance that separates one body from another through the practice of waiting and slow dancing.
We see SPACE as a place of heterotopic possibilities. Unlike utopias, which console us by giving us virtuous and perfect spaces to imagine, heterotopias suspend any sort of given truth. They are disquieting because they secretly undermine our language, break up and tangle clichés, devastate the “syntax” that keeps words and things together. They dry up the pre-existing discourse, they block the meaning of words, retracting their roots from every possibility of grammar expression. In a world overwhelmed by visual consciousness and political compliance, SPACE becomes the only possibility to explore new grammars able to cultivate alternative imagination.
For each performance, through an open call, we invite sound poets, sound artists and musicians to send works inspired by SPACE.
Choreographer Francesca Sproccati and theatre director Alan Alpenfelt are both convinced that there are less and less uncontaminated places on Earth to explore alternative views on society and on themselves. So they decided to go into Space. A place in which the absence of gravity allows new experiments.
By entering a spaceship and navigating in solitude, they can drift towards heterotopic spaces made of sound and subjective time, where listening experiences and meditation help them to detach from what is known and defined. A necessary and spiritual space to re-open their imagination, creativity and the way they reflect upon things.
Unlike utopias which console us by giving us virtuous and perfect spaces to imagine, heterotopias suspend any sort of given truth. They are disquieting because they secretly undermine our language, break up and tangle clichés, devastate the "syntax" that keeps words and things together. They dry up the pre-existing discourse, they block the meaning of words, retracting their roots from every possibility of grammar expression.
In a world overwhelmed by visual consciousness and political compliance, Alan and Francesca want to explore new places able to cultivate alternative imagination: places which stand up to our concerns, which open wider searches for meanings and challenges - old or unprecedented. Propitious spaces to nourish the performance of the spirit, especially for those who are atheists.
How does it work?
Francesca and Alan become astronauts by dressing up in cosmonaut suits. Two small rooms made of transparent windows are transformed into spaceships. Each in their own, they pass a day and a night bathed in spatial sound “travelling” for 24 hours from a point A to a point B in reference to the Milky Way map. On their way, they encounter objects, planets and ufos that activate sound works collected during a call. The total duration of the trip is 5,906,376,272 km (the corresponding distance from the Sun to Pluto) corresponding to 4,101,650 km for each minute of transmission.
The public will be able to freely access the two spaceships at any time of the performance and remain with them as much as they want. They will be invited to listen together and participate in the solitary activities that each astronaut will undertake to pass the time during the long journey.
The 24-hour clock system has been used for many centuries, primarily by scientists, astronomers and navigators. By referring to a longer amount of time, the length allows us to live a natural dramaturgical path, allowing the journey to become organic and visible in relationship to the activities’ changes in light, atmosphere and density outside and inside the spacecraft. The prolonged performative duration allow things to happen naturally and simultaneously. The relationship with events that reiterate, during a period spent in solitude, becomes the thermometer of change. Time becomes the distance meter between the cosmic objects that, metaphorically, we intend to reach. Within a prolonged period of time, the public can choose their personal listening and participation time, aligning themselves with the astronaut's experience in a symbiotic search with the abysses of the outer or interior universe.
The first space - “the Universe outside” contains the first astronaut and is the nerve center of a radio transmission. His intent is to question the unknown spaces beyond the boundaries of the Earth through the practice of listening.
During the journey, the astronaut will feel alone. To pass the time, through his radio equipment, he will air sound works collected in the open call addressed to artists, musicians and poets; works of sound poetry, experimental music compositions or narratives related to the exploration of time, space, physics and the unknown.
The astronaut will also generate the ongoing sound texture of the space journey through hardware synthesizers. The radio area will expand around and outside his spacecraft through an FM antenna and a webstream and broadcast to both inside and outside the spacecraft into the public space.
The second space - “the Universe inside” contains the second astronaut who looks away from the outer Universe towards the relationship of intimacy between human beings, exploring the unknown and untranslatable space that separates one body from another.
In moments of solitude, the astronaut will dance a slow-dance with an imaginary partner (or with whoever will be there), on other occasions she will spend time watching a projection on which she will scroll an archive of video footage of old people remembering how they danced in their youth.
In this space, the act of listening focuses on the contact surface between bodies, in the encounters that take place within the 24 hours with other people and in those that have already occurred, which can only be traced back through memory. The invitation to a slow-dance is how the astronaut of this spacecraft intends to go beyond the formal and verbal knowledge of the Unknown.
The goal, in both cases, is to include the audience on the astronauts' journey and to share their discovery of new boundless spaces. In this way, the solitude of the radio, the listening space and the interaction between body and mind are inserted into a spiritual listening equation in order to explore the human relationships enriched of shared space and intimacy.
How the project was born:
It started when a sound poem on Mercury was composed as a commission by Radio Pic Nic (Bruxelles) to create works for the Sviluppo-Parallelo exhibition in 2016 at the Luzern Kunstmuseum, Switzerland.
The innate passion towards the vastness and mystery related to the Universe was so intriguing that it inspired Human Kind Records to invite other artists to contribute to something bigger.
Through the networking art concept “Freundeskreis” (circles of friends), nine artist collectives were chosen to compose for nine planets. They were invited to Milan on the 27th March 2017 for a one day lab and concert at the Galleria Giuseppe Pero. Together with art residency project CoseCosmiche and astrophysicist Luca Valenziano, we shared amongst us our artistic curiosities and responses towards the planets and the Universe.
The artists then selected their planets and returned to their own worlds to create their works.
As we know (or think we know…) Space does not stop expanding. Human Kind Records therefore decided to create a Universe of its own: http://humankind.voyage.
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