Photographs © Paula Court

Florian Hecker C.D. - A Script for Synthesis

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.

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Date & Time
  • Sat. Nov 16, 8:00 pm
The act of publishing is reconsidered as a spoken word concert, from poetry to air kissing.
  • Sun. Nov 3, 7:00 pm
Four radically different vocal styles and performances that represent the meeting of the avant-garde and a pop sensibility.
  • Sat. Nov 2, 7:30 pm
Female vocalists demonstrate the range of the human voice through Extended Vocal Technique, bringing early pioneers and new practitioners to the stage. Featuring Joan La Barbara, Maja Ratkje and The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation.