What other spaces of experience can music and narration open up, beyond current theater forms? Could the mirrored cabinets of the historical cabinets of curiosities create a productive, sensual echo chamber that enables other perspectives on a complex world?
The Chambers of Wonder around 1600 – pre-forms of today’s museums – placed their often bizarre exhibits of art, craftsmanship, nature and science in a holistic “world context” that is often missing today. Inspired by this, the Neuköllner Opera House offers a new event format that brings together an inquisitive audience with experts in music, science and art. With music as the central mediator, found objects, stories and experiments are brought together in a different light.
The foundation stone will be laid this weekend:
WUNDERKAMMER I – Sound and Worldview
THE AIR BETWEEN THE STRINGS. A journey with the baroque harpist Luise Enzian to the origins of music history and into the echo chamber of the Renaissance, with insights into the world, the central role of music, small experiments and sound images by Lena Wenta.
19/20 September 2020 at the Neuköllner Oper.
WUNDERKAMMER II – Imagination and smell
THE DREAMS OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT. A sound and smell journey to Mexico.
The composer Diana Syrse, the soprano Ana Schwedhelm and the neuroscientist Anna D’Errico (Goethe University & Max Planck Institute Frankfurt) lead into an expedition of the inner senses.
October 23 and 24, 2020 in the Kiez-Kapelle of the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Neukölln.
WUNDERKAMMER III – Music and Cosmos
THE UNANSWERED QUESTION. Music, cosmology and the big questions.
With Charles Ives’ composition The Unanswered Question, the music duo Wild Strings and the astrophysicist Sibylle Anderl on the moving questions in music, cosmology, quantum physics and philosophy.
18 February at the Zeiss-Großplanetarium.
WUNDERKAMMER IV – light, color and music
With music by Skrijabin, the director and video designer Vincent Stefan, the pianist Markus Syperek and a scientist on the trail of electromagnetic radiation, light, thoughts and of course music.
March 18, 2021, location to be announced later.
Further WUNDERKAMMERN are in preparation:
starting summer 2021: From the nature of mushrooms and interwoven life, to water and knowledge, animals in us, baroque automatons and artificial intelligence, etc.
Concept: Bernhard Glocksin
Equipment: Sabrina Rossetto