current works

COVERED CULTURE

multichannel audio-video installation by Muntendorf / Lobeck

We are companions, cum panis, at table together. (Donna Haraway)

In the German-Asian project COVERED CULTURE, Brigitta Muntendorf and Moritz Lobeck explore cultural imprints, individual interpretations and collective appropriations as potentials of the choric forms. The musical object of analysis is the humming – as sound, in its intimate and personal meaning and as a moment of levelling.

Based on fragments of Beethoven’s vocal music and his political view of the collective, Muntendorf/Lobeck develop an 8-channel audiovisual installation in which voices and images of singers of the Beijing Queer Chorus, the opera choir of Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and numerous singers and performers from China, Korea and Japan are established as a virtual choir. For the exhibitions in Berlin, Shanghai and Beijing the choir and the audience are connected within a table object designed by the Japanese architect KATO and prepared with exciters to form a social sculpture. On the other hand, soundwalls are part of the installations in Seoul, Tokyo and Kyoto. In this joint discovery and investigation of the unfamiliar, COVERED CULTURE follows the vision of a hyperculture and the critical questioning of hymnal celebratory cultures.

COVERED CULTURE is the first joint work by Muntendorf/Lobeck, their next project is the music theatre „MELENCOLIA“ for Ensemble Modern, commissioned by Bregenzer Festspiele 2022.

VISIT THE PROJECT WEBSITE: www.covered-culture.org

 

Concept, music, video: Brigitta Muntendorf 

Concept, dramaturgy: Moritz Lobeck

Design sound table: KATO Hiroshi and Giacomo Sponzilli

Light: Begoña Garcia Navas

Multichannel mix / audiodesign: Sebastian Schottke

Audio / video network system: Maximilian Estudies

Video technology / planning: Warped Type

Assistant: Nicolas Berge

Choir // solo singer: Beijing Queer ChorusOpera Choir of Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Open Call Choir (self recordings of numerous people from Japan, Korea and China provided by an open call) // Shii, Menthae (Shanghai), Maki Ota (Kyoto), Esther Lee (Seoul / Berlin)

Performer:  XIAO KE x ZI HAN,  LIN CUIXI, Xinxin Song, Zhihao Huang, Jianjie Wu (Shanghai) / Ensemble Sonne: Toshiko Oka, Masaru Kakio, Seiko Kuwano, Koji Itose, Ema Fumiyama (Osaka / Kyoto)

Recording Teams: Marc Mehanni (camera) / Elsa Michanol (assistant), Day Yokota (camera)

COVERED CULTURE: BERLIN, SEOUL, SHANGHAI, BEIJING, TOKYO, KYOTO

COVERED CULTURE #1 BERLIN / RADIALSYSTEM

COVERED CULTURE #2 SHANGHAI / DUOLUN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

COVERED CULTURE #3 SEOUL / LOOP ALT SPACE

COVERED CULTURE #4 BEIJING

COMING SOON

COVERED CULTURE #5 YOKOHAMA / TPAM FESTIVAL

COVERED CULTURE #6 KYOTO / KYOTO EXPERIMENT