Documentary of the opera performance Others in Mind, based on Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann will be shown. The performance was adapted by the artist Darya von Berner and allows for a musical exploration of the themes of narcissism, exacerbated in the character of dictator Kaiser Overall, the main protagonist, and his journey to self-recognition and to his own death. The beauty of Viktor Ullmann’s opera is, that at the end the Kaiser Overall realizes, that he has to take the others into account and by his own death make space for the ones to come.
Viktor Ullmann wrote Der Kaiser von Atlantis in 1943 under excruciating conditions whilst being imprisoned in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic, where he also died. He never saw the opera performed but miraculously managed to save the score.
The piece was performed by French baritone Boris Grappe, currently working at the Opéra National de Paris, accompanied by pianist and conductor Alexander Stessin from the Opera Leipzig. For the performance Grappe embodied the following four different characters: Kaiser Overall, Lautsprecher, Harlequin and Death, in a sort of monologue.
Esta obra es acerca del tiempo. Es necesario pasar en su interior por lo menos 10 minutos.
La oscuridad no existe, siempre hay algún reflejo,
para ver el espacio con claridad harían falta varias horas,
pero al prestar atención a nuestros cuerpos,
apreciamos que nuestros ojos saben lo que tiene que hacer para ver.
EN ESTE MOMENTO
(AT THIS MOMENT)
(YOU ARE LIGHTING)
COMO LO HARÁN OTROS
(LIKE OTHERS WILL DO)
EN EL CORTO PERÍODO DE TIEMPO QUE DURA
(IN THE SHORT STRETCH OF TIME)
(THIS EXHIBITION LASTS)
There isn’t any work of art that exists without the gaze of a visitor. This fact literally is key point of the artistic installation #nuestrocerebroestailuminado (English: our mind is enlightened), which is situated in a fully dark space. The circular text on the wall*, is written in phosphorescent paint and only becomes visible when lit by a visitor’s mobile phone, who charges it with this action for a few minutes. The individual audience members convert into performers, who form an essential part of the artwork itself. Without this participation the artwork doesn’t have any sense.
Your eyes need several hours to fully adapt to a low light condition, therefore it is recommended to remain at least several minutes inside the space, to be able to see the writing on the wall. If you are pressed for time, you can enhance the luminosity of the letters by using your mobile phone as a lantern.
Film by Dr. Otto Schweitzer, 2018
Duration: 07' 43''
Luminale 2018, Museum of History in Frankfurt
Alle meine Grenzen haben Eile
Darya von Berner
There the selfie phenomenon combines history, culture and education in a multi-layered shadow theatre in which the mimicry, the social norms, the past and the present of this dynamic art behavior reveals far more than narcissism. The phenomenon of identity is a process always fragmentary and incomplete.
Online selves influence one another. Selfies are public reflections of the way we see, present ourselves and persuade others to believe in our desired identity. Between the one who chooses to act and the structure that provides the opportunities for acting, there are alternatives among which actions, and the consequences of acting may be chosen.
Hence it is about humans in general in an intriguing combination of inward and outward looking that have a long history, projecting the constructed past into the imagined future.