Sergej Maingardt - TRANSFLEISCH
commissioned by Ensemble electronic ID for amplified ensemble, electronics and video.
TRANSFLEISCH experiments at the boundaries of acoustic and visual perception. How do consciousness and the experience of reality function? Do the changed worlds of life, such as the virtual worlds, result in new forms of narration? In TRANSFLEISCH simulation and reality meet - (how) can they be distinguished from each other?
Music theater for speaker, video, electronics and ensemble // 2021 //
Kai Hufnagel - Speaker // Ensemble electronic ID // Mastering: Stephan Schmidt // Video: Andreas Kolinski, Patrick Arnold
Perception, consciousness and simulated reality
TRANSFLEISCH takes up scientific findings and philosophical discourses on the subject of perception and consciousness and translates them into a contemporary aesthetic. The starting point is Thomas Metzinger’s theory, “which states that the content of consciousness is the content of a simulated reality in our brain and that the feeling of being is itself a part of this simulation.” (from: The Ego Tunnel).
Any theory that represents progress will initially have to be counterintuitive.
Daniel C. Dennet, The Intentional Stance (1978)
Limits of acoustic and visual perception
The music theater performance TRANSFLEISCH experiments with the boundaries of acoustic and visual perception. How do consciousness and the experience of reality function? Do the changed worlds of life, such as the virtual worlds, result in new forms of narration? Do recent theories about consciousness as a simulation of reality influence our perception? In TRANSFLEISCH simulation and reality meet – (how) can they be distinguished from each other?
The conscious experience of being a subject arises when a single organism learns to enslave itself.
Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self
TRANSFLEISCH 2013, 2019 and 2021
TRANSFLEISCH was conceived in 2013 by Sergej Maingardt and Rosi Ulrich as a purely electronic piece for an actor. The text was written by Rosi Ulrich the music is composed by Sergej Maingardt. In 2019, electronic ID was able to commission a composition in which an excerpt of the work was created for amplified ensemble, video and actor.
Full evening musical theater
Following on from the success of the 2019 experiment, electronic ID awarded a composition commission to Sergej Maingardt in 2021 – not least thanks to the generous support of the Kunststiftung NRW – which enabled the creation of the full-length music theater TRANSFLEISCH for ensemble. The piece experienced its radio premiere as part of the “Forum neuer Musik 2021” on Deutschlandfunk.
*1981, Kazakhstan. Born into the era of digitalization, he sees music as an important contemporary art to reflect the rapid global change of the world. His work as a composer is influenced by modern technologies and the way they change human perception – which he in turn reflects artistically in multimedia. Maingardt studied electronic composition in Cologne and media and cultural analysis in Düsseldorf.
As a dramaturge and author for theater and radio plays, she is particularly interested in contemporary society in its processes of transformation. She develops concepts and theater adaptations for site-specific and documentary pieces. 1996-2000 she was co-director of the Trash Theater in Cologne. In 2001 she founded theater-51grad, which merged with Andrea Bleikamp and wehrtheater to form WEHR51 in 2019.