METEOR 2017 (Bergen, NO)
Føniks 4 has the subtitle Dr. Iunker doesn’t play chess. Admittedly that isn’t entirely true, but Iunker is bringing with him international champion and chess commentator Atle Grønn, who will analyze a historical game between playwright Bertolt Brecht and critic Walter Benjamin. The two would meet and play chess during times of exile and Brecht was reportedly jealous of Benjamin’s chessboard and pieces. When he had his own set made, he bragged to his mistress: ”My pieces are as big as Benjamin’s!” The first twelve moves from a game in 1934 have been reconstructed based on three photographs, allowing us to pose the question: Who was the best; the cautious Benjamin or the aggressive Brecht?
Music designed and composed by John Andrew Wilhite and facilitated by the computer programmer Daniel Bickett. Four chessboards are turned into a synthesizer orchestra. Special thanks to the Bergen Chess Club, for performing as the members of this orchestra.