Premiere Thu, 23 June, 6 pm. Free admission. No reservation necessary.
"Solastalgia" is a neologism originating from consolation (sōlācium, solace) and -algia (pain, sorrow, grief) with echoes of the word “nostalgia”. According to Glenn Albrecht, solastalgia is "...a form of homesickness
one gets when one is still at home." The word describes the melancholic feeling of people whose environment changes so much due to global warming, that it is hardly recognizable as home.
In the installation SOLASTALGIA, visitors encounter a desert-like landscape of calcium carbonate, which provides fertile ground for associations of a post-apocalyptic earth or a lunar landscape. Here, one can hear how the stone, the sun, the fog and yet unknown fossils tell the stories of the demise of humankind.
When THE AGENCY activates the installation, SOLASTALGIA turns into a game: "Welcome to the end of your world”. A simulation in which three avatars act out the farewell to the world as we humans know it – and imagine a world after human beings. Game supervisor "Nature" guides them through various levels, from resistance to acceptance, always ranging between the hope of still being able to do something and the temptation to indulge in a cheerfully nihilistic "Let's enjoy our endings together". Searching for insights, exit strategies and comforting narratives, the three avatars finally face the metamorphosis. The audience is invited to observe.
Performances of SOLASTALGIA
Premiere 23.6. 18h
25. & 26.6. 16h
29. & 30.6. & 1.7. 18h
2. & 3.7. 16h
VON UND MIT | BY AND WITH: Challenge Gumbodete, Kate Strong, Liina Magnea
KÜNSTLERISCHE LEITUNG | ARTISTIC DIRECTION: THE AGENCY Belle Santos, Sofie Luckhardt, Yana Thönnes
KLANGGESTALTUNG | SOUND DESIGN: Nile Koetting, Nozomu Matsumoto
KÜNSTLERISCHE PRODUKTIONSLEITUNG | ARTISTIC PRODUCTION: Sofie Luckhardt
TECHNISCHE LEITUNG, MITARBEIT BÜHNE | TECHNICAL DIRECTION, COLLABORATION SET DESIGN: Amina Nouns
OUTSIDE EYE: Sarah Johanna Theurer
KÜNSTLERISCHE MITARBEIT | SUPPORT ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Veronika Müller-Hauszer
SZENOGRAPHISCHE UNTERSTÜTZUNG | SUPPORT SCENOGRAPHY: Nevo Bar
SPRECHERIN | VOICE OVER: Mona Vojacek Koper
TECHNIK LICHT UND SOUND | TECH LIGHT AND SOUND: Martin Siemann, Joannis Murböck
MIT ZITATEN VON | WITH QUOTES BY: Abinadi Meza, Maggie Nelson, Timothy Morton
DANK AN | THANKS TO: glasshouse, Hans Martin Thönnes, Lea Hopp, Lars Keke-Altemann, Franziska Liza König, den Aufbauhelfer:innen, [Calciumcarbonat]