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Armen Avanessian & Enemies
Next Waves Theater #2: Changing Room 3 (Ouija DM)


Changing Room 3 (Ouija DM) - a work for Telegram in 27 parts, transmitted on with English and German subtitles from Oct 7, 2020.

Whether Beethoven, Buffy, or Buster Keaton, the transformation of an interpreter into 'author' is a torsion of anachronisms and technological shifts. Changing Room 3 (Ouija DM) deals with the delusion of fidelity, and begins with the practice of fandom. A Ouija Board is traversed by a glass called a planchette. Lens-like, it scrapes across letters, numbers, and syllables; conveying answers from spirits. Ivan Cheng draws costumes and props from the archive of the Volksbuehne to encounter the structure of the liturgical mass and spaces of disbelief. What are the implicit biases of a death mask?

Changing Room 3 (Ouija DM) was proposed as a speculative hauntology around Tilman Hecker's upcoming project 'The World To Come'. The polyphony and transformations of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis form the foundation of this contemporary festival mass that brings Moor Mother, Planningtorock, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Colin Self, and Birke J. Bertelsmeier in dialogue with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin. (Oct 8-9)

an alternate, continuous version will also premiere on YouTube:

Part of the new series Next Waves Theater, hosted by Armen Avanessian & Enemies

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