“The Art of Change Opera” develops a radically new artistic form, – open, participative, generative and interactive -, build around various ways of thinking, from the very pragmatic to the most speculative, about « what needs to be changed » in the world today.
Conceived by composer and multimedia artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière, with a libretto written by philosopher Chiara Bottici, it involves previously recorded interviews and statements delivered live, of a blend of professors and students from different departments of The New School. It also includes video materials, mostly found on the Internet, from intellectuals, thinkers and activists from all around the world, mixed with actors interpreting fragments of important historical texts about change.
Speech materials proliferate in music, ‘orchestrated’ (some pre-recorded in advance, some live in real-time) and performed, partly by instrumentalists and partly with the help of computer generative compositional processes.
More on http://www.barriere.org
« Prelude », Octobre 5, 2019, 7pm, The Auditorium, A106 Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hal, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
Premiere of the full opera, January 16 & 17, 2020, Stiefel Concert Hall, 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY
Credits for the trailer:
Camilla Hoitenga, bass flute
Extracts of the libretto performed by Thomas Kellner, Halie Ecker & Chiara Bottici
Jean-Baptiste Barrière, composition, video & realization
Extracts of interviews of Joel Towers, Mary Watson, Hugh Raffles, Robin Wagner Pacifici, Ann Storer, Janet Reitman, and Richard Kessler realized by Jean-Baptiste Barrière for The Art of Change Project.
Video documents with Hartmunt Rosa, Greta Thunberg, Naomi Klein, Angela Davis, Joseph Stieglitz & Rutger Bregman found on the Internet (all rights reserved to the owners).
Video posted on the website of The Art of Change installation: George Lewis
Special credits: some images from « This Changes Everything », a documentary by Avi Lewis, adapted of the book by Naomi Klein: https://thischangeseverything.org