video and sound installation
GEORGE is lonely. Really lonely. For he is the last of his kind. GEORGE lives at his own, surreal pace.
A paradox in the time of restless multitasking. GEORGE longs for the end and thinks of loved ones, memories, and the recipe for roast stuffed with the cutest animals in the world.
Melancholia and sadness define his existence, but GEORGE is just fine…
Lonesome George, the last Pinta giant turtle who died in 2012, has become a metaphor for a state of loneliness and hopelessness. Using fragments of Bonn Park’s play „Traurigkeit und Melancholie”, the piece GEORGE, staged in 2017 as a dance performance, is a reflection on loneliness and melancholia as radical states of being.
Revising material from GEORGE, new video footage and text layers were developed. The combination of an especially edited video with a transparent pyramid are the source to create the GEORGE 2.0 hologram. The choice to use the ancient Pepper’s Ghost technique to resurrect GEORGE, is a reference to the character’s longevity. The magic of the optical illusion is reached through its simplicity.
By limiting the access to text and sound to a maximum of three headphones, an intimate and individual experience is guaranteed. The text and its sound texture
mediate the character’s emotional states. Nevertheless, a transcribed English translation of the original German text will be made available.
GEORGE 2.0 is dedicated to all the attempts scientists have undertaken throughout the years to prevent Lonesome George’s species, the giant Pinta turtle from the Galapagos, to extinguish.
The installation plays with the contrasting ideas of proliferation versus intimacy and loneliness, packing a dance performance into a box. The GEORGE 2.0
hologram is a container able to travel in space and time.
GEORGE 2.0 has been presented for the first time in December 2018 in occasion of Winterfest Punsch im Schnee at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.
Concept, choreography & interpretation: Elena Morena Weber
Voice: Isabella Bartdorff
Sound editing: Tom Schneider
Video editing: Elena Morena Weber
Design: Demian Bern
Camera: Hagen Betzwieser
Advisors hologram technique: Dina Karadzic & Vedran Gligo
Residency and support: Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart