14. September 2012 - 20:00 - 23:00
A Mobile Phone Opera in Four Acts. By Karl Heinz Jeron
„I'm in the train. Where are you?” Nowadays, when nearly everybody has a mobile phone, private conversations are no longer held in closed spaces but in public. For years the artist Karl Heinz Jeron was annoyed by the pointless phone calls of the people next to him on public transportation. A few months ago he decided to transcribe the conversations he overheard and has filled two notebooks so far.
The texts are then digitalized and performed by two small singing robots: two soloists and a choir. For the sound recording, Jeron works with composers Robert Jähnert and Christian Rentschler. The stage design is a video projection of photos of the public domain that were found to the terms in the Libretto. The title of the project derives from the greek god Hermes - the patron of elocution. The conversations act as illustrations of everyday situations in terms of secrets, sex, guilt or betrayal. In the four acts, the artist stages the transcribed conversations and thus transforms random situations into an act of artistic practice.