#AsPresentAsPossible

for performer, piano, percussion, video & electronics

premiere: 1.12.2017 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
ensemble: Decoder Ensemble, performer: Carola Schaal
duration: 13 min
technical setting: 16:9 projection / stereo-channel tape / amplified ensemble / wireless microphone for performer connected to voice-effect device.

Our present is characterized by a call for declaration and confirmation of self that triggers an almost perverse attitude of sending individuality through all channels of our communication network.
In our digital-real continuum the existence and „raison d’être“ is constituted by visibility – while invisibility is equivalent to non-existence. In „As#presentAs#possible #solo“ the clarinet player defines her presence by a vanishing self, enters the stage without her instrument and explores the space between defining and being defined, between projecting and being projection.

Gallery

All photos by Gerhard Kühne:

Concert #AsPresentAsPossible“ Decoder Ensemble / curated by Brigitta Muntendorf

The piece #AsPresentAsPossible was premiered at a concert program with Decoder Ensemble of the same name at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. A special concert that explores possibilities to share music in the middle of the audience – enjoy our trailer!

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#AsPresentAsPossible – an homage to the “Bang”!  With a glimpse from the Elbphilharmonie, the Decoder Ensemble and Brigitta Muntendorf invite all to a transmedia happening, where the significance of corporal presence intertwines with concepts of physical and virtual existence in the events occupying all areas of the concert room.  With the music of Michael Beil​, Jessie Marino​, Brigitta Muntendorf (WP), Fat Boy Slim, Josh Spear and interludes drawing upon the Youtube/street musicians “Too Many Zooz”, #AsPresentAsPossible is constantly exploring the space between music, theater, and video amidst real and virtual “thereness”.  Through the collaboration with the choreographer Miriam Heinrich Horwitz​, one witnesses how the Decoder Ensemble encounters a new side of performance culture.  Here, physicality and reality, and the perception of those, confronts the musical interpretation.  How present can we, and do we want to be?  When do we transcend into presence through the very mediums that should make us invisible?