Memorial of Rebellion
audio-visual installation for 5 performers, video and electronics
music, conception, direction: Brigitta
conception, direction: Michael Höppner
premiere: 18.09.2020, Ultima Festival Oslo
commissioned by: Ultima, November Music and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
duration: 19 min.
performed by: Carola Schaal (voice, performance), Louis Bona (viola, voice, performance), Till (trombone, voice, performance), Malgorzata (voice, performance), Evdoxia (voice, performance)
video, mapping: Warped Type (Andreas Huck, Roland Nebe)
light design: Martin Siemann
costume, make up:
technical / spatial needs: All elements of the installation are synchronized and played back by a single laptop. There are three video projections in the space: Two projections show the same video projected on two opposite walls or screens, a second video is projected via video mapping on 5 plaster masks of the performers. Two visitors at a time need to be equipped with a pair of headphones each, which receive the preproduced audio wirelessly. The light design creates an immersive space and guides through the installation, controlled by cues from the laptop. The audio guide is implemented in the composition. Regarding the space it needs one waiting area connected to a bigger space for the main ceremony.
adaptions: Memorial of Rebellion is based on the music theatre Songs of Rebellion
The audio-visual installation Memorial of Rebellion combines music, projections and light in an immersive space in which escapism and agitation, art and politics, contemporary music and pop, contemplation and action become fanfare and lullaby for the rebellion.
Based on their previous music theatre Songs of Brigitta and Michael Höppner created Memorial of Rebellion as an independent work, after the planed performances were cancelled. Influenced by the 2020 pandemic, the installation creates an intimate situation, in which two visitors at a time take a socially-distanced journey down their personal memory-trail via two separated audio and video projections.
Wearing headphones, the visitors listen to this ceremony experience in their own silent space; a space in which an individual commemoration of their own neglected or failed rebellions may take place. The pandemic is not a state of emergency; it is the radicalization of the status quo.