Florian Hecker: C.D.—A Script for Synthesis
C.D.—A Script for Synthesis is a sound piece, an experimental drama, and a model of abstraction, which recalls Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty as much as Beckett’s minimalist narratives and neo-imagist poetry. It is the climactic third chapter in the trilogy of text-sound pieces Hecker has created in collaboration with the writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani (following Chimerization, dOCUMENTA (13) and Hinge, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; both 2012), who has written a libretto for the piece. The conceptual point of departure is a perceptual encounter with a pink ice cube, which is dramatized as a scene in which the linguistic chimeras of scent and sound descriptions are materialized through synthetic trophies, the scale and shape of auditory objects, a Greek chorus, and theatrical props. C.D.—A Script for Synthesis is an experiment in putting synthetic emptiness into the sensuousness of synthetic thought.
Copresented by Performa and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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