video2012 The Moving Forest: An Opera
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Moving Forest expands the last 12 minute of Kurosawa's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, 'Throne of Blood' (1957), into a sonic performance saga with a prelude of 12 days, a durational performance of 6 acts in 12 hours and a closing Coda for the sake of argument.
First presented at Transmediale.08. Berlin 2008, Moving Forest London maps an imaginary castle and a camouflaged forest revolt onto the hyper-playground of the London metropolis on the eve of Olympics 2012. Presented by a temporarily assembled troupe AKA the castle, Moving Forest brings together diverse visual/sonic/electronic/digital/ performance artists along with writers, walkers, coders, hackers, mobile agents, twitters, networkers and the general public to realize a contemporary version of a classic play. Making use of all media, the acts elaborate operatic manoeuvres into an escalating scheme of conspiracy and its contemporaneous political manifestations. The camouflage tree branches of Birnam Wood are electronically updated with contemporary forms of stealth and insurrection. Armed with signals and slogans, the Moving Forest forces an entry into the Castle. A final merging of forest and castle occurs during a moment of downfall, jubilation and loss.
June 22 - July 3 , 12 day prelude (London citywide and on the net
See www.movingforest.net/html/london2012.html for details.
July 4, 6 acts 12 hour performance
[act0 - omen] 9-11am (Furtherfield, Finsbury Park)
[act1 - remorse] 11am-1pm (Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art)
[act2- betrayal] 1pm-3pm (Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art)
[act3- overthrow] 3pm-5pm (Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art)
[act4 - insurgency] 5pm-8pm (Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art)
[act5 - eternal return] 8pm-9pm (Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Art)
July 5, 12 - 6pm , Coda - One Day Workshop (Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art)
Moving Forest 2012 London
AKA the castle (in formation)
The Militant City (Isaac Marrero-Guillamón), MzTEK, labofii (John Jordan), street training (Lottie Child), Paper Tiger(Omar El-Khairy), Marc Widmer, Jonas Öhrström, Patric Kaufmann, The Hexists, Laura Oldfield Ford, Marco Donnarumma , Linda Dement, Valentina Vuksic, Olsen Wolf, Kaffe Matthews, xname, Ewa Justka, Anat Ben-David, Bioni samp, Vasco Alves, Graham Harwood, Clifford Hammett, Alexandra Sofie Joensson, AUDiNT (Toby Heys and Steve Goodman).
TAKE2030 (Ilze Black and Shu Lea Cheang)
Matthew Fuller (Center for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College)
Graham Harwood (MA Interactive Media, Goldsmiths College)
Rachel Baker (irational.org)
Moving Forest workshop/coda
David Garcia, Dean of CCW Graduate School
Matthew Fuller, Reader in Digital Media, Goldsmiths College,
Josephine Berry Slater, editor of Mute magazine
John Cunningham, 56A InfoShop
Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
Interactive Media Lab, Goldsmiths, University of London
Graduate School, CCW, University of the Arts London
Wimbledon College of Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
Main location addresses:
Furtherfield Gallery, McKenzie Pavilion, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2NQ
Parade Ground and Triangle Gallery, Chelsea School of Art & Design, Millbank, 16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU