De expetendis et fugiendis rebus
(The things to pursue and those to avoid)
In collaboration with Polyphonic Choir Ars Nova, directed by Marco Paladin,
the Director of the stage of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
The performance focuses on choral sound of Zoltán Kodály takes its title from one of the first Italian encyclopaedias, printed in 1501 by Venetian publisher Aldus Manutius, after the death of its author Giorgio Valla (1447-1500), philologist and translator from the Greek of some scientific and philosophical works.
Elena Nemkova with this performance continues her research on how the concept of "modernization" is treated by different artistic expressions in the moment the new discoveries continuously are broadcasted to the wide audience.
The title De expetendis et fugiendis rebus brings together some recent subjects of contemporary encyclopaedia such as artificial intelligence, neurobiology etc in one piece voice. The ambiguity of the title refers to the widespread indifference to scientific innovations, urging the audience to broaden his knowledge, in order to independently valuate the risks and benefits of applications of some important discoveries. Without passing through the filters implicated by political or economical elites.