Luigi Nono | Quando Stanno Morendo, Diario Polacco N°2 - Ia

“Quando stanno morendo.” An Immersive Visual Music Installation

In my research, I examine how the kinetic text and visual music that I developed for the contemporary classical piece “Quando Stanno Morendo, Diario Polacco N ° 2” by Luigi Nono, can be translated from the traditional musical space – the concert hall, to an immersive visual music installation in the real space.
The Italian avant-garde composer Luigi Nono [1924-1990] wrote the contemporary composition “Quando Stanno Morendo, Diario Polacco No. 2” in response to the coup in Poland 13 December 1981 by Jaruzelski. The composition is understood in three parts of ‘desolation’ over ‘complaint’ to ‘hope’. This transition is achieved by Luigi Nono in his effort to break free of the traditional musical space – the concert hall, where the audience is positioned opposite of the musicians on stage. Nevertheless, the musicians are in “Quando stanno morendo” on stage in front of the public. In reality, the sound is produced by ten speakers driven by the live electronics, lined up two meters above the audience. The concert hall in which we find ourselves is thus imperceptibly transformed into an imaginary space.

It is from the inability to achieve a similar physical transformation of the traditional musical space to the real space with the kinetic typography and visual narrative, the research question arose. Is it possible to break free from the traditional musical space and let the viewer experience the kinetic typography and visual narrative freely? To what extent can we translate the kinetic typography and visual narrative literally, or should it be reworked thoroughly? This is where the need has arisen to explore the possibilities of this composition and the visual narrative further within an immersive visual music installation. This research project is the basis for my doctoral research, in which I want to explore how the text, dynamics, musicality and structure that can be found in contemporary written music and improvisation, can be translated visually into tangible devices.


Project Leader: Klaas Verpoest (LUCA Faculty of the Arts, campus St.-Lukas Brussels, RU Intermedia, RG Mediated Environments)
Team: Maarten Quanten (Conservatorium Brussels), Benjamin Glorieux (cellist and conductor), Ief Spincemaille (scenographer and artist), Johan van Looveren (LUCA Faculty of the Arts, campus St.-Lukas Brussels)

This research project is commissioned by the LUCA Faculty of the Arts as an OPaK project (the research platform of the arts). Its main goals are the development, the support and the conceptualization of artistic research within LUCA Faculty of the Arts.
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