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The Library Project II – Rejected Sounds of the Magic Flute by Evelyn Anastasiou
October 30, 2021 @ 19:00Free admission
The Library Project is a biannual curatorial endeavour of the Department of Fine Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology. It foregrounds the multimedia nature of contemporary art as well as the artistic practices that explore emerging socio-political issues of our times. This year it will take place in the garden of the Municipal University Library in Limassol.
In cooperation with the Austrian Embassy Nicosia, this second edition of the Library Project will be presenting the Cypriot visual artist Evelyn Anastasiou and her project – an unusual musical performance drawing from The Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte] (1791) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, entitled “Rejected Sounds of The Magic Flute”.
Anastasiou’s research on the Magic Flute leads her to the archives of the Berlin State Library, where the original scores of the work are located. There, the artist discovers a series of notes deleted by Mozart himself, which were never presented to the public, as they were condemned by their creator to oblivion.
Then, through a detailed recording, Anastasiou gathers the fragments of the Magic Flute and assembles them creating a new musical composition; a short soundtrack, which can be seen as a hybrid post-musical work. With a reference point of this piece, and with the participation of a large orchestra, the Cypriot visual artist will be presenting a Gesamtkunstwerk at the Municipal Library.
At the same time, seeking the tangible presence of the public in her artistic practice – a fact that acquires special importance in the current biopolitical condition – the artist activates the external space of the library, transforming it into a bizarre operatic setting, which will welcome her work.
With her Rejected Sounds of The Magic Flute, Anastasiou attempts to transcend the boundaries of artistic genres and proposes an explicit experimental experience.
Coordinated and Produced by Cut Contemporary Fine Arts Lab
Curated by Dr. Konstantinos Argianas
Conductor Dr. Francis Guy
With the participation of The Commandaria Orchestra of the Cyprus Wine Museum in Limassol.
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2.Proof that they have been infected with COVID-19 during the last six months.
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