a digital/architectonic performance-installation
Johannes Birringer - Don Calledare - Steve Pare - Angeles Romero -Olga Kinna - Christy Singleton - Emmanuel Woodward
Winter Street Art Center
December 4 , 10 pm
December 5, 8 and 10pm
The installation is performed in 4 different physical spaces through which the audience can move. The movement implies a chrono-topic time, a slow progression from place to place. The movement is like a dance. It requires time shifts (from past to future, future to present).
On the scientific level, the installation examines certain aspects of astronomical Chirality Theory and the 'handedness' of asymmetric molecules. The Audience is invited to take time during its movement through space.
Cosmonaut Generico Vespucci's cockpit voice recorder (blackbox) was recovered from the Pacific Ocean after the tragic disintegration of the space station MIRAK during its last flight in orbit in 2007.
Vespucci's scientific theories and remembrances were spoken in Russian, and a transcription in approximated english is now available for the first time in this exhibition. The recording of the soliloquy is 12 hours and 13 minutes long. The Audience is invited to stay for a while.
On its continuing journey the audience will encounter objects that belong to an uncompleted opera that Vespucci wrote on his last flight in space, based on a libretto by the early 20th century Argentinean writer Alfonsina Storni.
These objects have been constructed according to designs Vespucci describes in his voice recording. The blackbox recordings are partially damaged, and the objects represented here are approximations of what is assumed to have been Vespucci's intentions. The libretto was allegedly called 'Litany for a Dead Earth.'
3. east wing
After about 30 minutes into its journey, the Audience may encounter the first virtual, reconstructed act of the uncompleted Vespucci opera, here adopted for performance under the special limitations of the existing space. Since Vespucci's score is partially corrupted, a new version of 'Litany for a Dead Earth' has been commissioned by AlienNation Co., orchestrated by Steve Pare. Performances are by Angeles Romero on the north side, and Olga Kinna on the south side. Ms Kinna's aria improvisations last as long as it takes the wall of ice to break and melt. Some of the melting water is collected and pumped, as life support, to Angeles Romero.
The Audience is invited to climb up the spiral staircase and onto the roof to take a brief look through the telescope at the planetary system. The telescope is directed at a molecular cloud approaching a Neutron Star allowing observation of how neutron stars do not radiate in the same way from both directions.
Our theory posits that the part of the molecular cloud which is facing the "north" pole of the neutron star will "see a certain handedness" of light coming from the star (due to the rotation of the star). The part of the molecular cloud which faces the "south" of the star will see the opposite.
But the effect of this is that in the "UP" region certain molecules will be more easily destroyed than their mirror image. The opposite is true when looked from the other direction. UP and DOWN in the molecular cloud will have an "excess" of certain molecules, and thus a life-giving asymmetry.
2123 Winter Street
An AlienNation/Parachute Production