MUSIC WORLD WONDER
Could we face our life and this (mostly complicated) world in a different way than the usual way? Could there also be happiness in it?
The WUNDERKAMMER series of events combines music, science and philosophy with a somewhat different view of the world, based on selected phenomena from our everyday lives. In doing so, the mirrored cabinets of the historical Wunderkammern offer us a productive, sensual echo chamber in which we relate and resonate contemporary experiences with figures of thought from antiquity and the Renaissance.
The cabinets of wonder around 1600 – precursors of today’s museums – placed their often bizarre exhibits of art, craft, nature, and science in a holistic “world context” that we often lack today. Inspired by this, the Neuköllner Oper designs new, own WUNDERKAMMERN, which bring together a curious audience with experts from music, science and art. Music is the most important ally and a kind of messenger here; in its oscillating field we bring together found objects, stories and experiments from then and now – and try our hand at amazement, which opens up a highly productive attitude to the world with the “curiosity of the child and that of the scholar” (Alexander von Humboldt).
The WUNDERKAMMER series began with two programs in the fall of 2019. Due to its success, a new series with four programs will take place in cooperation with and with the support of the Ernst Schering Foundation.
Conception and moderation: Bernhard Glocksin, Artistic Director of the Neuköllner Oper.
Conception, research, set design: Sabrina Rossetto, architect/stage designer
WUNDERKAMMER III – MUSHROOMS: WHY WE ARE NOT INDIVIDUALS
In the autumnal Prinzessinnengarten we encounter fascinating creatures. They make us wonder, sing and see the world differently. Whatever you thought about mushrooms: Mushrooms and people are an inseparable team. They are everywhere, in, around and between us. They keep us alive, break down pollutants in the atmosphere, change animal and plant behavior, and influence how we humans feel and think. What’s more, fungi and especially mycelia, their underground network of filamentous extensions, reveal fascinating patterns of intelligence, communication and organization – including the fact that we are not individuals in the classical sense of the word. Inspiration for overcoming the challenges of our time?
With the mushroom expert, microbiologist and artist Vera Meyer, the expert for swarm and other forms of organization Jens Krause and musicians we will go on a journey through gardens, chapels and cemeteries, become part of structures and music, which are sensual reflections of our experiences, from simple canons to complex polyphony.
With Prof. Dr. Vera Meyer, microbiologist (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Jens Krause (HU Berlin), Markus Syperek (musical director) and other musicians with music from Monteverdi to the present.
Host and moderator: Bernhard Glocksin
Interior design: Sabrina Rossetto
Prinzessinnengarten and Kiezkapelle Neukölln, September 9 – 11, 2021
WUNDERKAMMER IV – MARVEL OF THE BODY
Invitation to a blind date: with the most important partner – our body and mind. Meeting place: Schinkel’s rotunda in the Altes Museum, where Asclepius, the great physician of antiquity, watches us. Where music welcomes and leads us, to the encounter with the organism that we are, full of refined self-regulation in the interplay of “body and mind”, mind, body and soul. Since every thinking about the body is also a view of the whole, every health “system” is also a view of the world, we invite very concretely and with all our senses to change our view and to encounter ourselves. Tour guide: neuroscientist, physician and best-selling author Tobias Esch and anthropologist Mona Schrempf with current as well as fundamental insights into integrative medicine, Asian concepts and healing methods, psychoneuroimmunology, etc. With music from China and Europe from different times, played by Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei and composer Niko Meinhold.
With Prof. Dr. Tobias Esch (Uni Witten Herdecke), Dr. Mona Schrempf (among others HU Berlin), Wu Wei (Sheng and other traditional Chinese instruments), Niko Meinhold (harp, glockenspiel and others).
Host and moderator: Bernhard Glocksin
November 12 and 13, 2021, Schinkel Rotunda at the Altes Museum zu Berlin
WUNDERKAMMER V: MUSIC IN THE HEAD
Once again, we ourselves are the “material” of our journey of discovery: We, the audience and the singers and musicians during excerpts of the music theater LILI – about the life story and music of the highly talented and early deceased Lili Boulanger.
The theater hall now becomes a space of experience, which makes brain activities with and through music visible and – this would be a second experiment – transforms measured values back into music and image. For this purpose, selected test subjects from the ensemble and the audience wear lightweight headsets that make measured values of their brain waves visible. In this way, knowledge of neuroscience and applied disciplines (Brain Computer Interface, etc.) becomes visible and tangible, and we can set out on the trail of certain questions: what about the “goose bump effect” with special music? For whom does it occur and when, and for whom not? How can related feelings like compassion or emotion be measured and explained? And finally: what new experiences and insights do I gain from attending opera and theater?
With Prof. Dr. Petra Ritter (FU Berlin, inquired) and others, ensemble members of the play LILI and audience of the Neuköllner Oper.
Host and moderator: Bernhard Glocksin
Space design: Sabrina Rossetto
End of April 2022, Neuköllner Oper
WUNDERKAMMER VI: LONGING FOR BEAUTY
Summer evening in an extraordinary echo chamber: an oriental garden. Where else could we encounter the great question of beauty in a more enclosed and vivid way than here? To trace the mysterious power that beauty and music awaken in us? The “hidden” gardens of the Arab and Christian cultures were places where beauty was staged as a sign and path to something beyond. Here, in the interplay of Orient and Occident, we will go on an intercultural voyage of discovery of the form and effectiveness of beauty, looking “back” with the ancient Orientalist Walter Sommerfeld and looking “ahead” to current scientific findings with the neurocognition psychologist Rasha Abdel Rahman (inquired). Baroque harp, Persian art songs and today’s electronics combine to form a musical East-West diwan that crosses cultures and centuries.
And: What would “beauty” be in relationships among people, in society as well as to nature and the future? Could it develop a new dynamic and productive force in the social?
With Prof. Dr. Walter Sommerfeld (Uni Marburg), Prof. Dr. Rasha Abdel Rahman (HU Berlin, inquired), Luise Enzian (baroque harp), Kaan Bulak (electronics, composition), Cymin Samawatie (singing, composition). Host and moderator: Bernhard Glocksin, Installation: Sabrina Rossetto
July 8/9, 2022 at the Oriental Garden/Hall of Receptions, Gardens of the World.
In cooperation with
WUNDERKAMMER I – Sound and Worldview.
THE AIR BETWEEN THE STRINGS.
A journey with 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.
September 19-20, 2020 at the Neuköllner Oper.
WUNDERKAMMER II – Imagination and Smell
THE DREAMS OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT. A journey of sound and smell to Mexico.
Composer Diana Syrse, soprano Ana Schwedhelm and neuroscientist Anna D’Errico (Goethe University & Max Planck Institute Frankfurt) lead an expedition of the inner senses.
October 23 and 24, 2020 at the Kiez-Kapelle of the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Neukölln.
Photo: © Sabrina Rossetto