quintessence: Fire (Marlon Schumacher, EBE)





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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2008


Fire was written by Marlon Schumacher and the Ensemble as the third of five parts of EBE's collaborative piece Quintessence.

Quintessence is a piece about the five elements of the alchemists: water, air, fire and earth and ether (quintessence).

All five elements have very specific characteristics, movements, symbols and mystical meanings associated with them. The audio as well as the video parts of Quintessence were inspired by these as well as various processes and their phases in alchemy.

Quintessence was premiered at the Connecting New Media Ferstival/Conference in Hamburg, 2006. This video was filmed at the Mucsarnok (Kunsthalle) Budapest in September 2007.

The European Bridges Ensemble (EBE) was established for Internet and network performance. Its current members are the five performers Kai Niggemann (Münster), Ádám Siska (Budapest), Johannes Kretz (Vienna), Andrea Szigetvári (Budapest), Ivana Ognjanovic (Hamburg/Belgrade), the conductor Georg Hajdu (Hamburg), and video artist Stewart Collinson (Lincoln, England). Using the term bridges as a metaphor, the ensemble makes an attempt to bridge cultures, regions, locations and individuals, each with their specific history. Particularly Europe with its historical and ethnic diversity has repeatedly gone through massive changes separating and reuniting people often living in close vicinity. The aim is to further explore the potential of taking participating musicians and artists out of their political and social isolation by creating virtual communities of like-minded artists united by their creativity and mutual interests.


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