SUNDOGS is a part of TRACES project by Jagna Anderson and Dodi Helschinger. TRACES track down the presence of the absent between phantom pain, cultural practice and media impact.
Anderson/Helschinger deconstruct songs of Franz Schubert – the bourgeois commonplaces of melancholic yearning and longing – to the point of vanishing. They question the usual setting of the Lied delivery, as well as the roles of the singer and the audience. They summon voice(s) as a paradoxical, unpredictable third entity on stage instead.
SUNDOGS refers to Nebensonnen, one of the last songs of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (op. 89, no 23), in which the Wanderer sees three suns in the sky. The Wanderer desires the illusory ones, the parhelia, which are refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. His pain of loss and longing is a phantom pain subsisting on illusions. Anderson/Helschinger re-read in this context the simulacra-debate which arose around the 9/11. They examine erratic sonic traces of this “Mother of all Events” (Baudrillard): recorded voices, static and crackling. Their vocal interaction with the historical sound material and with each other is an invocation of eerie presences and (sonic) illusions.
The images of things: these, like to films
Scaled off the utmost outside of the things,
Flit hither and thither through the atmosphere,
And the same terrify our intellects,
Coming upon us waking or in sleep,
When oft we peer at wonderful strange shapes
And images of people lorn of light…
_Titus Lucretius Carus: Of The Nature of Things
a performance for two voices, some illusions and historical sound material
[DCA TRACON September 11, 2001 KRANT Departure position] with references to Franz Schubert, Nebensonnen, Winterreise op. 89, no 23
concept, voice, performance: Jagna Anderson & Dodi Helschinger
piano: Michal Talma-Sutt
vocal trainer: Ulrike Sowodniok
video documentation, video trailer, video stills:
performed on 14 and 15 April 2017 at Studio 2, Mime Centrum Berlin
duration: 60 min