"The Art of Change Opera" is an experimental project which develops a radically new artistic form, - open, participative, generative and interactive -, addressing the question « what needs to be changed » in the world today.
Originally conceived by composer and multimedia artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière, with a libretto by philosopher Chiara Bottici, it incorporates specially recorded interviews, and statements from intellectuals, thinkers and activists from all around the world. These video materials are mixed with actors interpreting fragments of texts about change. Speech materials proliferate in music, ‘orchestrated' (some pre-recorded in advance, some live in real-time) and performed, partly by instrumentalists and partly with the help of computer generative compositional processes.
"The Art of Change Opera" was commissioned to Jean-Baptiste Barrière by the College of Performing Arts for the occasion of The New School University Centennial.
Professors and students from every part of The New School and beyond are invited to participate to the development of The Art of Change Opera, either by contributing to its ongoing libretto on publicseminar.org or through a course/workshop taking place in Fall 2019 and leading to a first series of presentations on 16, 17, 18 & 21 of January 2020, as part of The New School Centennial celebrations.
More on barriere.org
End of workshop public presentations: January 16, 17, 18 & 21, 2020, Stiefel Concert Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY
Credits for "The Art of Change Opera"
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, composition, video & general conception
Chiara Bottici, libretto
Ashley Tata, stage direction
Camilla Hoitenga, flutes
Timo Rissanen, costumes design
Thomas Goepfer, video and sound design
François Galard, image pre-processing
Isabelle Barrière, color grading & live cameras
and the participation of Joan La Barbara
Ross Karre, Rebekah Heller & Levy Lorenzo
and students of The New School
Credits for this teaser:
Camilla Hoitenga, bass flute
Extracts of the libretto performed by Thomas Kellner, Halie Ecker & Chiara Bottici
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, composition, video & realization
François Galard, images pre-processing
Isabelle Barrière, color grading
Extracts of interviews of Joel Towers, Mary Watson, Hugh Raffles, Robin Wagner Pacifici, Ann Storer, Janet Roitman, and Richard Kessler
realized by Jean-Baptiste Barrière for The Art of Change Project.
Video documents found on the Internet (all rights reserved to the speakers and the owners of these sites):
Hartmund Rosa youtu.be/7uG9OFGId3A
Greta Thunberg youtu.be/M7dVF9xylaw
Naomi Klein youtu.be/DVgwmO8RYX0
Angela Davis youtu.be/jBqC-E8EDeA
Joseph Stieglitz youtu.be/2NsTeeb-87w
Rutger Bregman youtu.be/sjyP7IOoxDU
George Lewis: video posted on the website of « The Art of Change » installation (2017)
Special credits: some images from the trailer of « This Changes Everything », a documentary by Avi Lewis, adapted of the book by Naomi Klein, thischangeseverything.org (all rights reserved to the authors)