General Humanity Lab 4: PEAK HUMANITY

Research, libretto, composition: March to May 2021;

We’ve started writing the libretto and composing the music; and we’ve started shooting for the second scene – The Abyss of Time – in the French mountains; have a look at our work in progress here!

Workshops 20 May-5 June 2021; Goldbekhaus and Kraftwerk Bille, Hamburg

Performance 6 June 2021, 18h; Kraftwerk Bille, 12-14 Bullerdeich, 20537 Hamburg;

Due to the ongoing cultural shutdown the performance will be live-streamed *only; please join us at 6pm on June 6, 2012 on Blurred Edges YouTube – Stream by Vibrational Network.

TEAM: Artistic direction, research, libretto: Ingrid Hoelzl; Dramaturgy, text: Remi Marie; Composition: Georgia Ch. Hoppe; Technical direction: Sascha Hahnrath; Scientific advice: Sebastian Dutreuil and Sebastien Klotz.

PERFORMERS: Ingrid Hoelzl (D/F): Clarinet, voice, performance; Georgia Ch. Hoppe (D): Composition, reeds, mini-elektronics; Emese Kovács (HU): Dance, voice, performance; Marcia Lemke-Kern (D): Soprano, viola, performance; Frantz Loriot (CH): Viola, voice, performance.

PEAK HUMANITY is a main event of Blurred Edges 2021, funded by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media and the Hamburger Kulturstiftung, and receives additional funding by Musikfonds as part of the national Neustart Kultur program.

COLLABORATIONS: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste / MA Transdisziplinarität.

Mercer Mountain (following K. Dick). Videostill, 2021. Performance Ingrid Hoelzl; director of photography Remi Marie.

Are we at the peak of humanity, in terms of demography, resources, and the habitablity of planet Earth? Are we already beyond? Will we simply go extinct or can we survive in radically changing gears?

PEAK HUMANITY counters the modern mantra of the “survival of the fittest”, projected from society onto nature and back onto society (and of which today’s geoengineering phantasies are but a variant) with a “survival of the best related” (Morizot) that has been practiced intra- and inter species ever since.

With recourse to the octatonic scale as a musical “peak of humanity” five performers will gather in the former ballroom of Hamburg’s industrial vestige Kraftwerk Bille, a 1901 coal power plant. Using voice, instruments, and movement they will grope their way towards resonance as resilience: A journey that leads us from Apocalypso; The Abyss of Time; Extinction Blues to Mutant Mambo and Cosmic Fragility.

PEAK HUMANITY is the fourth Projekt of General Humanity, a collective for theory-performance founded in 2018 and based in Hamburg and Digne-les-Bains. General Humanity means the integration of humans in the ecological community. Each project consists of a research phase, a collective experimentation and a participatory performance. For more infos about our vision see the About and Manifesto pages.

Previous projects: General Humanity Lab 3: ANIMAL ANCESTOR (2020), General Humanity Lab 2: POSTIMAGE OPERAAA (2019), General Humanity Lab 1: IN THE MOOD FOR MUD (2018).

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