Opera Beyond - Passage, 2019
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The brief called for an installation, that represents the story of an immaginary young girl from the future, that would tell us about her most significant memories.
Among this memories of her future we decided to concentrate on the moment of human passage from unconsciousness, to an eventual awakening.
Our ”Passage” installation consists of a light modular frame forming a corridor that leads to a sphere. It is divided into four interactive ”acts” accompanied by four musical pieces. The whole structure is covered by white PVC-coated polyester cloth.
In the first part the floor is covered in squares: ”a giant keyboard” that shines green light that will be switched off when somebody steps on them (the lights switch on again after some time). It symbolizes the moment in our future (or rather our present) when we collectively damage our planet.
The second part consists of black plastic strips hanging from above and an undulated floor that make it hard to pass the 2.40m to the other side. This part symbolizes the unpleasant Earth that we will eventually create.
The third part of the corridor is longer and from the ceiling hangs a forest of yellow light-spheres. The spheres are switched off (or very dim), but if a visitor touches one of them a yellow light will shine. The idea is that a lot of people will switch on the light-spheres seeing the others doing it. After crossing the now illuminated last part of the corridor the visitor enters the Sphere, illuminated with white light. The light comes from many white, illuminated paper balloons. They are not necessarily spheres but also animals, fruit, leaves and other elements of nature. ”This is the future” the girl says ”but as you just experienced the way to this future is long and hard and everything depends on you...”
The installation is designed to be placed at the entrance of the Finnish National Opera. Visitors would have to pass through the installation to enter the Opera building, so they would experience it as a total surprise. Once in the hall of the Opera, they will have the opportunity to enjoy observing other visitors going through the ”Passage”.
Thanks to its flexibility, modularity and easy transportability the installation can be placed also in other locations, even outside.
Project: Opera Beyond - Passage
Program: Creative, immersive concept to be the Finnish National Opera & Ballet's new art piece, with the working title ”Memories of Future”.
Client: Finnish National Opera & Ballet
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Weronika Wawrzyniak