Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller - Opera for a small room
  Year :   2005
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   Mixed-Media-Installation, Sound and Light Synchronisation; Duration: 20?min (Loop).
  Info :   sonambiente Festival, Berlin





 
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  Work Details  
  R. Dennehy lived most of his life in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada. Not a lot is known about him, but he is listed in the telephone book as Royal Dennehy. One thing we do know is that he once collected opera records. He was infatuated with great tenors. We are aware of these facts because we bought all his records (which were signed at the top) at the second-hand store in Salmon Arm. There were approximately one hundred records. We are interested in the extreme cultural juxtaposition between opera and the smallwestern town in which R. Dennehy lived. What did he think about while listening to these records, recorded in cities half-way around the world? Was he a trained singer? Did he want to have a career in opera? Did he lose a lover and find solace in the music? Did he dream of traveling to faraway opera houses one day? We imagined him singing along to the records, creating his own opera, displaced in time and space. So we made a small room for the opera of his life. There are twenty-four antique loudspeakers out of which come songs, sounds, arias, and occasional pop tunes. There are almost two thousand records stacked around the room and eight record players, which turn on and off robotically syncing with the soundtrack. Construktion: Kyle Miller Song: Roadkill Crow Composition and Voice: George Bures Miller Guitar, Percussion, Sound engineering: Titus Maderlechner Bass guitar, Organ, Orchestration: Tilman Ritter With kind authorization by the artists and the Galery Barbara Weiss, Berlin and the Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York. Accessed 31.05.2007 from http://www.sonambiente.net/en/04_artists/4M2car_werk.html