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OPERA/WORKS, Cityopera Graz in 7 Acts


6th Act: THE SEATING
36 chairs as hearing sites, daily changing locations in city-space



The seating, the 6th act, is a mobile procession of 36 chairs, set up daily in different public locations in and around the city, enabling possible metamorphoses of the links between the public sphere and auditory experience.

Graz Locations 2005:

Saturday, October 1: Karmeliterplatz
Sunday, October 2: Tummelplatz
Tuesday, October 4: Mariahilferplatz
Wednesday, October 5: LKH University Clinic Graz, central entrance on Riesplatz
Thursday, October 6: Andritzer Hauptplatz
Friday, October 7: Music University Graz, Leonhardstraße 15
Saturday, October 8: Bus end-station Puntigam, Line 5
Sunday, October 9: Freiheitsplatz Tuesday, October 11: Jakominiplatz
Wednesday, October 12: A1 Gas station, Mariatroster Straße 400
Thursday, October 13: Karmeliterplatz Friday, October 14: Shopping Center West
Saturday, October 15: Schlossbergplatz East
Sunday, October 16: Eggenberg Swimming Pool
Tuesday, October 18: Färberplatz
Wednesday, October 19: Franziskanerplatz
Thursday, October 20: Mariahilferplatz
Friday, October 21: Schlossbergplatz West
Saturday, October 22: Platz der freiwilligen Schützen (Bad zur Sonne)
Sunday, October 23: Hauptplatz





The chair is the classical location of occidental hearing. 36 chairs (as in the gallery for the 1st act) were set up each day as a small 'auditorium' in a different public location, thus enabling an other site for an other hearing and observing of the city: in known and unknown, central, and secret squares and places. Text: Wolfgang Hofer, translated by Bill Dietz

           

           

          catchwords by Peter Ablinger for
          5th Act (the Set):

          Rows of chairs: the classical
          occidental site of hearing, in contact
          with that which otherwise appears not
          worth further hearing, in contact with
          those who do not otherwise go to the opera,
          the process of hearing itself as sculpture,
          individual or in groups


          THE SEATING on Oct 12 2005 at A1-Gas Station, Mariatroster Strasse
          photos: Maria Tržan, drawing: Peter Ablinger



          …3rd starting point: opera is something pansocial, not only a private discourse of a few intelligent people (string quartet), but rather concerns a wider radius (if for no other reason, only because it costs so much money). And from this one can expect not only that society goes to the opera, but also that the opera itself goes out into society… (Peter Ablinger, note books)



see also: the documentation of earlier CHAIR PIECES since 1995




the 7 Acts of the Cityopera - go to:
1st Act: THE SINGING
2nd Act: THE ORCHESTRA
3rd Act: THE LIBRETTO
4th Act: THE PLOT
5th Act: THE SET
6th Act: THE SEATING
7th Act: THE AUDIENCE

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this page was created by Aljoscha Hofmann. last edited 04.01.2006