by Luca Forcucci | Cello: Ulrike Brand
transmediale + CTM Vorspiel 2018
January 27, 2018 | 19:00
Bodyscape is a site-specific electroacoustic composition with live electronics and cello. The performance space and its architectural resonating and spatial characteristics are included. The main idea focuses on the body as the initial source of inspiration and sonic source, as well as reworked live recordings from performances at the Lab Gallery in San Francisco, USA at Centre Friedrich Dürrenmatt in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Bodyscape includes as well field recordings at the border of Botswana and South Africa. Then, the research was conducted further in other regions of South Africa and on the base of a text from the Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt (L’épidémie virale en Afrique du sud) from December 2015 to January 2016.
The novel was published originally in the column of a Swiss newspaper and describes a virus transforming the body of white persons into black ones. A text about privileges and how those are kept in a specific context. Luca Forcucci explored the country with the text in mind and observed the division after the end of the apartheid. The composition includes layers of cut-up text, pictures, video and sound composed into an electroacoustic piece, like a road movie.