THE DRUIDS, WHO KNOW, SEE AND HEAR NOTHING

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THE DRUIDS, WHO KNOW, SEE AND HEAR NOTHING invites you on a +7h train trip, together with three musicians and one big projection wall.  
The Nowegian Broadcasting Corporation captured the 371 km train trip ‘Bergen Line’ with a dashcam on a 433 minutes video, as a
first exampl
e of slow television. Slow tv is the complete coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. It allows to fully experience the contrasts of dark tunnels vs. white snow, wild nature vs. a constrai
ning railtrack, speeding up and down of a train vs. the steady regularity of time

Contrasts invoke questions. Is it possible to leave a chosen track, insired by what randomly shows up along the road ? Can we handle radically innovative solutions, even when it means that we would lose achievements ? Do we learn from failure, or do we cling to the echoes from the past ?
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Within the framework of an open composition by Joris Blanckaert, Swedish nyckelharpa player Emilia Amper, Australian piano player Anthony Romaniuk and Belgian Cello player Benjamin Glorieux address these questions. The result is a computer driven confrontation with their musical roots, with folk music, Chopin and Schumann, but also with eac
h other in the present, and the choices that come with it.


Making choices is a central theme in the performance. Like the musicians, the visitor can choose when he enters, how long he stays, and when he leaves the concert hall. He chooses where to sit, walk or hang around. And just like the musicians, he will have an influence on sound and image.


THE DRUIDS, WHO KNOW, SEE AND HEAR NOTHING is a concert, an experiment and an examination of conscience. According to Joris Blanckaert, it is an answer to ‘the unanswered question’, Charles Ives’ enigmatic composition and a continuous source of inspiration.

¬ concept & composition — Joris Blanckaert ||||| performance — Benjamin Glorieux (cello), Emilia Amper (nyckelharpa), Anthony Romaniuk (piano), Joris Blanckaert (live electronics)  ||||| video art — Jerry Galle ||||| video : Norsk Rikskringkasting NRK ||||| photos — UN Refugee Agency UNHCR

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