Photographs © Paula Court
Florian Hecker C.D. - A Script for Synthesis
- Saturday, November 9, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, November 10, 3:00 pm
- Sunday, November 10, 7:30 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B. Lewis Theater, 1071 5th Ave MAP
C.D. – A Script for Synthesis is a sound piece, an experimental drama, and a model of abstraction, which recalls Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty as much as Beckett’s minimalist narratives and neo-imagist poetry. It is the climactic third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces Hecker has created in collaboration with the writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani (following Chimerization, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hinge, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; both 2012), who has written a libretto for the piece. The conceptual point of departure is a perceptual encounter with a pink ice cube, which is dramatized as a scene in which the linguistic chimeras of scent and sound descriptions are materialized through synthetic trophies, the scale and shape of auditory objects, a Greek chorus and theatrical props. C.D. – A Script for Synthesis is an experiment in putting synthetic emptiness into a the sensuousness of synthetic thought.
Featuring main vocals by Charlotte Rampling, a perfume created by Frédéric Malle, Editions de Parfums and Carlos Benaïm, IFF, a CAL 64 Column Array Loudspeaker System by Meyer Sound, textiles in collaboration with Kvadrat and a chorus with vocal design by Joan La Barbara.
Co-presented by Performa and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Generously supported by Sadie Coles HQ, London; Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle; Galerie Neu, Berlin; Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen; IFF; Kvadrat and Meyer Sound. Synthetic paper booklet designed by NORM, Zurich.
- Sat. Nov 16, 8:00 pm
- Sun. Nov 3, 7:00 pm
- Sat. Nov 2, 7:30 pm