Mercoledì, 29 Novembre 2023

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Salzkammergut 2024, Bill Fontana and the ice sound

Dachstein Tourismus AG Dachstein Tourismus AG Photo by Manfred Schöpf

Notre Dame is called the soul of Paris. This church is a place of identification for an entire country. As a result of the tragic fire in 2019, their bells have fallen silent. However, these bells were not damaged by the fire and quietly “listen” to the sounds of the city around Notre Dame. Silent Echoes: Notre Dame  is a continuously live-streamed sound sculpture that makes audible the simple physical fact that these bells are constantly ringing in secret.

The American sound artist Bill Fontana is expanding his artistic project for the Capital of Culture 2024 in a collaboration with the Center Pompidou in Paris, the research institute for acoustics IRCAM based there, the OÖ KulturEXPO Anton Bruckner 2024, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Goiserer Musiktage “Dialogue” between the ice caves at Dachstein and Paris. The sound of the melting glacier and the resonance of the bells of Notre Dame become a duet that tells of an almost disappeared European cultural monument and nature that is also threatened with disappearance. Bill Fontana describes this extended version, in which the sounds of the glacier are “played back” live to Paris, as an artistic statement on the consequences of climate change.

The Parzival Cathedral in the ice caves of the Dachstein is a place that contains an invaluable secret, as Anton Bruckner's composition  Locus iste  says: A secret that asks us humans the question of how we will live with nature in the future want. In addition, the OÖ KulturEXPO Anton Bruckner 2024, in cooperation with the Goiserer Musiktage, will award a composition commission to young composers on this topic. The work will be premiered as part of the European Capital of Culture 2024 at the Goiserer Music Days at the Glasügel in the ice cave.

Where: Obertraun

When: From September 2024 until the end of the season