ART/NATURE Talk on the micro-opera

Wundernetz | Rete Mirabile

Composer Ulrike Haage discussing with curator Gaby Hartel and Peter Bartsch, curator of the fish collection. Host: Anita Hermannstädter, project manager Kunst/Natur.

Wundernetz | Rete Mirabile is inspired by the material content, structure and aesthetics of the wet collection in the Museum für Naturkunde. The composer Ulrike Haage made numerous visits to the museum, exploring the site, its atmosphere and its audio acoustic conditions. She familiarised herself with the research collection through conversations with its curator, Peter Bartsch, and experimented with specimen jars as sounding bodies. The result of this exploration is a poetic micro-opera with the title Wundernetz | Rete Mirabile which celebrated its world premiere on the 12th of February 2018 as part of the fourth artistic intervention round at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

Choreographed as a modern travelling theatre on a journey through cultural history and artistic styles, the concert-performance takes its listeners across three rooms in which the instrumentation responds to exhibits and displays: Glass, metal, wood, fur and leather.

British dramatist Mark Ravenhill wrote the libretto to the existing composition. It is inspired by excerpts from the treatise Vampyroteuthis infernalis, written by philospopher Vilém Flusser. He selected an animal that has triggered thought experiments throughout millennia of European intellectual history, and which since the era of historic Romanticism, has provided material for science-fiction, poetry and imaginative philosophical thinking. Ravenhill turns the octopus into a symbolic character. The actual specimen, first described in 1903, can be seen in the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

Event begins: 7:30 pm, doors open: 7:00 pm.
Admission free.
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ART/NATURE Talk on the micro-opera <br />
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