Installation and performance
29.5. - 9.6.2016 auf der Münchener Biennale für Musiktheater
idea, concept and visual realisation: Judith Egger
composition and sound concept: Neele Hülcker
see the video documetary by Maria Rilz here: short version (3 mins) or long version (10 mins)
Death of the unconscious
»Hundun* lived his flawless and eternal life at the center of the world. He received regular visits from the master of the South Sea, Shu, and the master of the North Sea, Hu.
As he was always a gracious and hospitable host to them they decided to do something kind for him in return. They said to one another: »Every human has seven orifices –
to see, hear, eat, and breathe. But the great Hundun doesn‘t have one single orifice, and therefore we want to give him some.«
Hundun accepted this suggestion with enthusiasm. And so they drilled an orifice in him one day after another. But on the seventh day, when they finished drilling the seventh orifice, Hundun died.«**
Is the large, misshapen body that is now dangling on thick cords from the ceiling in semi-darkness the mortal remains of the great ruler Hundun? Sparsely lighted in a secret laboratory situation, two persons meticulously run their hands over him and examine him: Neele Hülcker explores the surfaces and the orifices with extremely sensitive microphones, setting out on an acoustic journey of discovery. Judith Egger works in a similar fashion, scanning and screening the exterior and interior of the body with different imaging processes, and in doing so she immerses herself in an entirely new visual world. A synthetic dialogue develops where completely new associations open up.
*refering to: Dschuang Dsi (das wahre Buch vom Südlichen Blütenland ), Buch VII, 7. Geschichte, published by Eugen Diederichs Verlag, 1969
**The names of the emperors Schu, Hu and Hun Dun are allegorical. Hundun represents in Chinese mythology the concept of primeval formlessness
and the condition of paradisical inseparableness before the beginning of the world. (footnotes refering to book VII by Richard Wilhelm)