HUMANLESS CONCERT | KONCERTS BEZ CILVĒKIEM
For many of us 2020 is one of the most unusual time of our lives. Great part of the most human experiences are forbidden or available only through unhuman mediators. As for an artist who is working mainly for public mass gathering events this crisis have great impact on my professional career and living. Almost everybody in culture are now forced to rethink how to survive, how to adapt to new situation. In this weird time I was asked to create art piece for Concert Hall Latvija that would help it to still offer culture to people despite of being closed.
With this piece I wanted to reflect of this time of a human distancing and lack of direct contact and a triumph time of an unhuman mediators in our human communication. In same time it was important to say that even this crisis won’t stop music in concert hall.
Heart of this artwork/performance is a grand piano 470i created by David Klavins for Concert Hall Latvija that has ability to be played from distance using robotics and software.
Concept of this piece is to hold concerts without humans present at all. We set up four cameras showing piano playing and empty concert hall. Also we recreated small version of concert hall and stage in glass lobby of concert hall available to see and hear concert from outside of concert hall. Concerts are live streamed online as well. Composers and pianists are making new pieces for empty concert hall that are premiered each week.
Humanless concerts will continue each Thursday until humans come back…
Concert Grand Piano
Concert Hall Latvija