Video for the End of Time
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) was composed and first performed in a German prisoner-of-war camp during the darkest days of WWII. French composer Olivier Messiaen describes his work as the arrival of a powerful angel to announce the end of time amidst the quiet of dawn and bird song. A deeply religious man, Messiaen’s Quartet reflects hope, despair and upheaval in turbulent times.
Inspired by Messiaen’s synesthetic description of his piece, Arturo Brisindi and Adrian Göllner have created a live video performance that responds to the sound of the orchestra. With the basic composition of the video predetermined, the sound of the different musical instruments, each of which act as a character in Messiaen’s telling, are visually distilled and animated using analog video technologies. Like the Quartet itself, the video fluxes between literalness and abstraction.