Steel wire, concrete and organic matter
(Photo by Alina Koschnike)
Verklärung “Der Liebestod”, based on Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan and Isolde” (1859), is an installation that reflects Wagner’s reference to the universe “in des Welt-Atems wehendem All”, refers to Isolde singing about her loss while watching Tristan die, and becoming part of the universe.
This opera’s great revolutionary importance is due to its seemingly never-ending crescendo. For the first time in classical music, the composer was not aiming for a resolution but for an infinite increase from the first to the third act – visualising the ascending body of Tristan. Both, the instruments and the singing are being translated into a solar system made out of cement-citrus fruits.
Along the sides of the room, an abstract out of the score is placed between the columns. A pentagram with 12 bars of Tristan and Isolde’s last movement is hanging of steel cables across the room, with slices of Carrots – cut into each respective note and time measurement – that withered during the exhibition.