07 marzo 2013

Inizia oggi a Bergen (Norvegia) il festival di musiche, arti e letteratura Borealis, che quest'anno con il tema programmatico The End indaga sulla fine di luoghi, persone, cose e linguaggi, evocando epiloghi e risoluzioni, vecchiaia e obsolescenza, decadimento e abbandono, apocalisse e morte. Tra i primi a intervenire, con un lavoro site-specific dal titolo Eschatology, il collettivo londinese Langham Research Centre assieme a Peter Blegvad.

Eschatology, a major new soundwork for Borealis, explores endings – the end of land where we take to ships, the end of radio contact where white noise fills the receiver; the end of individual sounds as they echo and decay in diverse Bergen locations, from the Hurtigrute boat horn bouncing off the mountains, to the ten second echo in a cave under the mountain. Poet, songwriter, cartoonist and Oulipean Peter Blegvad weaves a tale of Ballardian end-times: “A liner at sea, heading for a port which no longer exists. Gradual realization among passengers that they’ve escaped a general devastation, but they might be the last human beings on earth.”
The text – in Norwegian and English – written and performed live by Peter Blegvad – also explores historical doctrines of The End, from the physician Hermann von Helmholtz in 1854, to Ragnarök in Norse mythology. New home-made electronic instruments and vintage tape machines develop sonorities derived from field recordings. The performance is accompanied by Jeremy Welsh’s meditative high definition video of shipping off the East coast of England in the North Sea. This is a contemplative work that encourages us to consider how it would feel to witness the end of the world.