21. November 2018 - 7 p.m., Kunsthaus Bregenz
Bregenz, 4.10.18. A new opera is being created and the general public is invited to follow the process. Ideas are generated, rejected or developed. The artists involved are in intensive communication with each other over several years. Bregenz Festival in association with Kunsthaus Bregenz (KUB) arranges several open sessions every year offering an insight into the creative process.
The current project brings together composer Alexander Moosbrugger, who was born in Bregenz Forest and lives in Berlin, and the artist Flaka Haliti. Haliti was born in Kosovo and lives in Munich. Her work has been exhibited at mumok in Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Kunsthalle Lingen, ZKM Karlsruhe, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, and at the biennales in Moscow and Venice. In spring 2018 she designed the KUB Billboards display in Bregenz.
This Insight session explores Flaka Haliti's work. What is her way of working? What does she hope for from the collaboration in the Opera Workshop? What ideas has the book Alexander Moosbrugger suggested as the basis for the opera inspired? It's surely one of the most fascinating and enigmatic books in the world, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, probably written by the Dominican Francesco Colonna and first printed in Venice in 1499. The work plays with several languages, takes the reader inside colossal buildings and parks that are also illustrated in numerous woodcuts contained in the book. The central character Poliphilo's love for Polia also describes the love for language itself and for the mystery of our perception, in which dream and reality coalesce.