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.
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 Chorus, Opera 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)
Recording Teams: Marc Mehanni (camera) / Elsa Michanol (assistant), Day Yokota (camera)
Goethe-Institut Zentrale (München)