Documenta 14: Thessaloniki, Greece
O+A, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger have been asked to respond to the Russian Futurist Avraamov’s massive site specific work “Symphony of Sirens” which employed factory sirens, machine guns, aircraft flyovers, and a chorus of 1000 workers and soldiers. Noting that 100 years later this cacophony would sink within the noisefloor of a normal modern city without creating an impact, O+A respond by listening to the city, and beginning to tune it’s voices.
Friday July 14, 2017 4–12 pm, Rotunda and Palace of Galerius
Thessaloniki Prelude, Tuning the Ruins Taking place in Navarino Square, where Roman ruins are tightly surrounded by densely packed 1960s and 1970s apartment blocks, O+A use this built environment as their “resonating chamber,” activating the ruins of the Palace of Galerius with the sounds of today’s Thessaloniki, reduced to harmonic proportions through their “tuning tube.” We listen to harmonically tuned “modern” noises—sound waves from traffic, jets, motorcycles, the entire swarm of activity produced by large cities today.
Sound – Thomas Koch
Friday July 14, 2017 9 pm, Rotunda of Galerius
Requiem for the Extraction Economy: Performance for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass soloists, and the eight-channel Orchestra of Cities
The Rotunda is one of a few buildings that remained intact after Thessaloniki was destroyed by fire in 1917. Having been used as a mausoleum, a church, and a mosque, it is ideally suited for the resonance of the human voice—chanting or in song. The scale of four perfectly matched unamplified human voices within this space will be in a dramatic struggle with the recorded resonances of the city.