Black Hole is a musical installation-performance that uses the requiem form to engage with rituals of mourning and their interaction of conscious and subconscious elements. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and artist and hypnotist Martin Eder use acoustic and visual effects to create a world between worlds, searching for a communal experience of grief. The audience is onstage with the musicians and Martin Eder, and takes part in their ritual.
Grief is a physical state, constantly in search of a path of expression or process. This expression is made corporal for the audience through the use of hypnosis, a method which creates a state of deep, relaxed awareness. Music by Ligeti, Ockeghem, Pärt, Tenney, Valikoski and Xenakis, among others, serves as material to create a new requiem.
Black Hole uses the interplay of music, space and communal rituals to consider the dwindling importance of mourning in an ever more individualized society, as well as the search for rituals that give back a rightful place to death in our society.
"The ritual must be like an artistic composition, it should speak to all the senses and extend the possibility of participating." Jorgos Canacakis