Die Veröffentlichung basiert auf der intensiven künstlerischen Zusammenarbeit mit Cyrill Lachauer für die filmischen Arbeiten „Esel“ und „The Rain Dancer“. Die 12“ Dubplate erscheint in einem von Tran Duc Trung individuell genähten Cover in einer Edition von 30 Stück auf Flipping The Coin Records.
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The heads of Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk fuse into one creating a singular entity named “Three headed Hell CEO”. HEIDEGGER’S VALLEY OR TECHNE & THE 3 FOOLS unfolds with such strange representations, as the CEO is joined by Techne, a kind of assistant embodying technology itself. Techne subsequently argues that CEOs next expansion of Silicon Valley units shall delve into the South of Germany. And with this Techne goes on a scouting journey encountering the Swabians, an engineering folk with a strange adversity towards the technological revolution this world is undergoing and yet with such a proud tradition of innovative thinkers, combined with absurd festivities like South Germany’s oh so beloved carnival. Techne encounters three fools of carnival ironically dancing to the US-rapper Future’s song “Mask off” while dressed head to toe in bizarre costumes.
Humans thus far have mostly resorted to hierarchal orders of society. An order that is countered by the festivities of carnival, that, as the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin argues, is a “temporary liberation from the prevailing truth and from the established order.” A notion that calls Techne’s servitude into question and is mirrored within the strange conversation she has with the fools, who speak in a heavy Swabian dialect. Techne barely understands. Consequentially, Techne seeks a deeper understanding of language and finds the philosopher bot Hightekker, in the form of the glitching bust of Martin Heidegger himself, speaking in fragments of sentences and philosophical ideas. An overwhelming conversation unravels exposing all the layers that lie beneath Techne’s quest.
As such figures disappear and reappear, they proliferate an entanglement that poses a streak of questions relating towards notions of humanity, subjectivity and being. Is the carnivalesque an inherently human understanding of being? Do Heidegger’s ideas of technological innovation withstand the test of time? To which extent is language a lens through which we can understand the human and inhuman relations between tradition, technology and the future. All this while rapper Future’s chorus rings through the work: “Mask on, fuck it, mask off”. Who shall take off their mask in order to answer to Techne’s search for truth? The fools? The algorithm based Hightekker? Is it her own mask of friendly faces that must be taken off, bursting the bubble revealing the true nature of technology? Or perhaps is it the CEO puppet of capital’s mask? The video game aesthetics of his introduction may offer a subtle hint towards what may lie behind his appearance, as his passion is described as “profit” and his drug as „3x testosterone“.
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Accompanying the work will be a publication. In the book/catalogue, the page numbers will be replaced by the time code of the video. In this way, the book/catalogue can be read simultaneously with the video. Here, all references and backgrounds of the film are once again broken down in detail and expanded by new reference levels.
A dance mashup, a bastard pop collage stolen from 1000 different sources: In AUTOPLAY, the copy & paste button becomes the leitmotif. Every movement, every sound, every image is an objet trouvé taken from the World Wide Web. From contemporary choreography to the Harlem Shake, from the video game Fortnite to shampoo commercials, from the selfie style on Instagram to the globally marketed pose of Michelangelo’s David – everything is recombined, reorganized and intermixed.
World premiere: 14. November 2019, schwere reiter Munich
Choreography: Moritz Ostruschnjak together with Daniela Bendini and the dancers
Dance: Annamaria Ajmone, Daniel Conant, Cristian Cucco, Antoine Roux-Briffaud
Video: Moritz Stumm
Music mixing & editing: Jonas Friedlich
Dramatic adviser: Armin Kerber
Light design: Andreas Harder
Costume: Daniela Bendini, Renate Ostruschnjak
Audio engineering: Paolo Mariangeli
Production management: Hannah Melder
PR: Simone Lutz
A production by Moritz Ostruschnjak. Supported by the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich
and the BLZT, Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funding from the Bavarian State Ministry
for Science and Arts. Realised by a residency of the Theater Freiburg. The artist is supported by Grand Luxe
network 2019/20 an is a member of Tanztendenz München e. V.
Henk Heuer’s and Moritz Stumm’s -work Ibogain, modifies states of consciousness through audio visual stimulants. By incorporating acoustic illusions such as binaural beats, the Shepard-Risset-Glissando, and time-shifting polyrhythms, a psychoacoustic experiment emerges that is expanded by hypnotic, geometrical projections in the three-dimensional space.
Extracted from an African tropical plant, the hallucinogen Ibogan is administered in shamanic rituals and leads to a waking dream-consciousness. Sound and rhythm have always been used for healing and the enhancement of perception. Simultaneously, there is a belief in the enhancement of the human being through technology and science which has taken on religious traits. With the help of neuronal stimulation and so-called brain-computer interfaces, a new-, more efficient and intelligent human being is supposed to be created. The cooperation of Heuer and Stumm oscillates between these poles of archaic spirituality and the current tendencies of a supposed rational optimization of human beings. The cultural and psychic aspects of sound and music are recurrent motifs in Moritz Stumms artistic work.