Nuno Ramos

(São Paulo)

Über die menschliche Natur (to whom it may concern 1)

Mousonturm Saal


In 1971, Dutch television invited star philosophers Michel Foucault and Noam Chomsky to a TV duel. Framed by progressive pedagogical enthusiasm, the opponents negotiated their fundamental thoughts on “human nature”. What influence do humans have on their own histories and can individual actions lead to political change? Brazilian sculptor and author Nuno Ramos now brings the legendary debate onto the stage together with an internationally renowned music and performance ensemble and allows the basic situation to escalate spectacularly. With a firm knowledge of how protests of solidarity can fail, of critical power discourses and emancipatory visions, mythological seer Cassandra intervenes vehemently in the event. Over and over again, her final cries resound in the musical score of Greek composer Iannis Xenakis. Vocal and percussive cascades overlap in the composition overlap as they shift and open the monolithic battle of words between Chomsky and Foucault in a staged soundscape filled with sensual mockery, existential lamentation and passionate empathy.

Duration: 70 min.
Language: In German, English and French
Introduction in September 15th with an artist talk afterwards