Mozart had to deal with the problem of being an ordinary person and at the same time an extremely sensitive musician. Was it difficult to accept himself? Did he frighten himself when he realised his extraordinary talent? Was his humour helpful in accepting himself? In the search for answers to these questions, many themes can be discerned that can be symbolic and meaningful for any generation and at any time.
In the installation Play!, the communication between different technologies repeatedly gives rise to new Mozart compositions, which are "interpreted" by an industrial robot at the grand piano.
Musikspiel, KV 516f
A project by
Marcel J. V. Kieslich
KR 5-2 arc HW (industrial robot)
It was probably in 1787 on a convivial Wednesday evening in the Botanical Garden of Vienna when Mozart's "Musikspiel" (KV 516f) came into being. A combination composition consisting of 42 measures assigned to different letters. The game principle "Give me a name and I'll give you a composition." develops as an exercise in musical improvisation on the piano. Visitors have the opportunity to improvise together with the robot on the same keyboard to complement the respective composition. Between intimacy and vulnerability, Spiel! questions our relationship to technology.
- Idea and Game Director: Marcel J. V. Kieslich
- Musical Interpretation: KR 5-2 arc HW (Industrial Robots)
- Performers: Wayra Aguilar, Joseph Browne, Stephanie Därr, Emanuel Gollob, Thiago Kondo, Lu and Lily Ludwig
- Advisory: Thomas Ballhausen, Bernadetta Czapraga, Lucia D'Errico, Konrad Hempel, Claudia Lehmann, Christoph Reuter, Maya Purdue, Franziska Wallner and many more.
- With the kind support of Creative Robotics (Johannes Braumann, Amir Bastan, Emanuel Gollob, Karl Singline), Grand Garage (Lukas Thauerböck) and KUKA AG (Shaloun Weisseneder)