Heiner Goebbels - Stifters Dinge

(Stifters Things)

Legendary German composer, director and multimedia maverick Heiner Goebbels invites audiences to enter a fascinating space full of sounds and images for his sonic performance landscape Stifters Dinge.

Art Exhibition previously on at Melbourne Festival in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 08 October 2010 to Tuesday 12 October 2010

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Published by anonymous on Wednesday 13 October 2010.
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Inspired by the 19th Century romantic writer Aldabert Stifter, best known for his intricately detailed and mystical descriptions of nature, Stifters Dinge continues Goebbels’ trademark inquiry into theatrical mystery and otherness.

This astonishingly beautiful and contemplative work unfolds on a set of bare trees surrounded by industrial construction. Five pianos, stripped of their covers, are suspended sideways above the stage. Across this bizarre landscape, the pianos play, fog rises, rain falls, water bubbles, objects move mysteriously and are set in motion by robot-like apparatuses that create sound effects. Idealised paintings of nature magically appear. The score, performed in real-time and recorded, includes original music by Goebbels, selections from classical music, jazz works, and traditional chants from South America and Papua New Guinea. Recorded fragments of texts from Stifter’s novels, and excerpts and quotations from Claude Levi-Strauss, William S Burroughs and Malcolm X are woven throughout. Each audience member will encounter these seemingly disparate ‘things’ and can let their imagination roam free to find their own meaning in this richly comprehensive and totally mesmerising work.