Chuqui Katari | MaerzMusik 2021

Chuqui Katari | MaerzMusik 2021

Friday, 26 March 2021, 9.00pm

What musicians do every day, practising and rehearsing, was a prominent feature of the Experimental Orchestra for Native Instruments’ 84-day stay in Rheinsberg. “Chuqui Katari” transforms their playing together, interacting and experimenting under the terms of their quarantine into a film loop.

A film like a chronometer of the passing, never-ending time. 27 musicians are sitting in two concentric circles. Among the musicians of the inner circle a camera is situated. Like an inside chronometer, the camera pivots 360° around its own axis every twenty minutes with a fixed focus. The camera is measuring the passage of time and is filming the musicians interacting and communicating with sounds, noises and gestures. The ensemble subdivides into smaller, fluctuating constellations of two to eight musicians. Following its own temporality, the camera scans through this scenario of interacting musicians, passing staged shots of this durational performance. One hour for every day that the ensembles PHØNIX16 and Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN) spent in forced quarantine in spring 2020 at their sanctuary, the Rheinsberg Music Academy – a total of 84 hours compressed in to the film.

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