An audiovisual essay with live performance
“No doubt we take comfort in the dream that equality and fraternity will one day reign among men, without compromising their diversity. But let’s not be under any illusion.” (Claude Lévi-Strauss)
Jeanine Meerapfel, Floros Floridis: Confusion/Diffusion. Audiovisual essay with live performance | © Malena Filmproduktion
Concept and electronic music: Floros Floridis
Produced and directed by: Floros Floridis and Jeanine Meerapfel
With Lena Stolze/lyrics, Matthias Bauer/contrabass, Floros Floridis/clarinet, Titos Kariotakis and Christos Charbilas/sound recordings.
Camera: Johann Feindt
Video editing: Vasso Floridi
The audiovisual performance Confusion/Diffusion by Greek composer and musician Floros Floridis celebrated its world premiere on 29th January and is now being performed again on 12th June 2015 at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. An essay consisting of film visuals, electronic sound, lyrics and live music was developed as a result of close collaboration with film director Jeanine Meerapfel. The misunderstandings between Greece and Germany in the European Union served as a starting point. The work transformed into an observation of the general confusion in our daily lives as it progressed.
The visual backdrop of images on the movie screen filmed by cameraman Johann Feindt, the live improvised music by Matthias Bauer and Floros Floridis, as well as the collage of lyrics recited by actress Lena Stolze, combine together to create a mosaic full of contrasts – everyday, enigmatic, humorous and provocative images and sounds from both countries.
Quotation from: Anthropology confronts the problems of the modern world by Claude Lévi-Strauss. original © Editions du Seuil/La Librairie du XXIe Siècle (Paris), April 2011
Translated into German by Eva Moldenhauer © Suhrkamp Verlag 2012.
Translated into English by Jane Marie Todd © Harvard University Press 2013.
Friday, 12.06.2015, 5 pm
Akademie der Künste, Studiofoyer, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin