2015 _ 032 Urban Songline | Latitude: 41.693521° N - 41.693646° N / Longitude: 44.810989° E - 44.811070° E - 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi, Georgia
The score as it appears in Barbarella (1968) remade as pillows for a public bench in Tbilisi that resembles the organ in the movie that is played by the evil Doctor Durand Durand killing his victims by pleasure, danced & mapped in a graphical synthesizer and played live as new chords for this space.
Barbarella, a 41st century astronaut, lands on the planet Lythion and sets out to find the evil Doctor Durand Durand in the city of Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, an organ on which an accomplished artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure.
The score that is played by Doctor Durand Durand on the Excessive Machine in the movie Barbarella (1968) is made into physical notes that are reconfigured by local dancers forming new chords that are subsequently played by the artist on a graphical synthesizer underscored by a baseline drawn from the sulfurous matmos, temporarily surfacing through a huge red sewage pipe.
A utopian/dystopian series of translations of public spaces into music through site-specific sound-generation inspired by the tradition of the Songlines, a system for navigation and care-taking of their land among Aboriginal Australians, discussing how we use and experience the public domain and to what degree we can claim ownership over it.
For the different iterations in this project I collaborate with a.o. architects, musicians, dancers, designers, scientists, skateboarders, local communities and scholars to analyze the concepts of public spaces and our relationships to them. Locally social, economic and political dynamics are embedded into scripts and scenarios that investigate these spaces as places through artistic performative intervention discussing notions of becoming, belonging and inclusion.