PROJECT: „germ-(cell) F2“
YEAR: 29 of May 2009
OCCASION: NCPA May Festival 2009
LOCATION: National Centre for Performing Arts/ Beijing, China

Today, 60 years after the foundation of the People's Republic of China, Peking is no longer the closed metropolis that it once was. The process of opening up over recent years has also manifested itself in the city's architecture. One of the most impressive examples is the construction of the new Chinese National Opera House based on the design of French architect, Paul Andreu.

Paul Andreu creates "transit space" through which an endless flow of travellers pass at locations all over the world. When Paul Andreu describes his own work, he talks about paths and curves, tunnels and gangways, thoroughfares and transitions, time and silence, light and emptiness. He creates meeting places; places where people can discover themselves, each other and their environment. His architecture is a protective shell for the flow of life.

People who understand Paul Andreu's architecture will understand why it is more than just a projection surface for Sabine Kacunko's BOOTSCHAFT germ-(cell) F2 light performance. Together, they merge into a "living light sculpture" at an historical setting between the Great Hall of The People and the walls of the Forbidden City near Tiananmen Gate.

The skin - the patina created by the natural organic film on the Gate of Heavenly Peace - is projected at nightfall onto a giant projection surface, mounted on the National Centre for Performing Arts glass façade, and it is visible at a considerable distance. The projection shows the microscopic structure of the patina on the Gate of Heavenly Peace in real-time. The colourful microcosm of the patina taken from a piece of historical architecture with world cultural heritage status is projected in large format onto a new piece of architecture close to its traditional environment.

A life flow that is never stationary and always keeps moving in the cycle of time…

The special highlight of the light performance will be an interactive sound performance underscoring the silent message, and for which Michael Nyman has composed the sound. It will be performed by the internationally-acclaimed violoncellist Jing Zhao.

In technical terms, sensors fixed to the cello transmit the modified sound recordings to a computer with the aid of special software. The audio signals from the cello are transformed into control files and thence redirected into a software control programme for the cameras which has been written on the basis of the cello score.

So the cello ‘animates’ the live microscopic images of the particle patina from Tiananmen Gate – shots of the micro-organisms’ pigment production. The cello is accompanied by virtual orchestra, but only the live play of the cello moves the images. A dialogue is generated between the different artistic disciplines; and an interplay between analogue transfer and digital storage runs throughout the performance.

The score of the international Composer Paulo C. Chagas will be interpreted by the young violoncellist Jing Zhao.



Conzept: Sabine Kacunko

Music Composition: Paolo C. Chagas

Solo-Cello: Jing Zhao

Interaktive Music Controller: Henry Stag

Images: Sabine Kacunko

Videoanimationen/Compositing: Ingeborg Fülepp und Heiko Daxl

Projection: Christian Backes


Technik: SIGMA System Audio-Visuell GmbH, Media in Motion, Soundofcities








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