Setting #3

Living installation
For several performers, each with a megaphone and attached microphone
Bern 2016

Realized at BONE 19 Performance Art Festival Bern, December 1, 2016 with 26 performers:
Franz Aeschbacher, Virginia Arancio, Philip Bartels, Madeleine Bärtschi, Marina Bolzli, Vanessa Gageos, Christian Kobi, Karin Jampen, Simone Keller, Milena Krstic, Cyrill Lim, Rebekka Meyer, Sophie Muralt, Lukas Poncet, Christoph Rihs, Franziska Ruoss, Julie Sas, Pascal Schärli, Lara Stanic, Cathy van Eck, Beat Vollenwyder and Kathrin Zurschmitten
Assistance: Annelie J. Graf

This is the third element in the series of “Setting” living installations by Marcel Zaes. At the invitation of BONE Festival Bern, Zaes summons an incredible ensemble of 23 megaphone performers, all of which are artist or musician friends of Zaes himself. The ensemble, carefully following the text instructions, guides the audience from the theater through the old town of Bern down to the riverside, where the many performers spread and disappear in the nocturnal bushes and paths along the river. One after the other starts to perform a megaphone feedback sound. Thus, a vast artificial audio-visual landscape slowly arises, merges with the environment and changes the audience’s perception of the latter for the duration of the performance.

For Setting #1 and #2, an open remote landscape by daylight served as the ground for the performance. In contrast, this third “Setting” has been transferred to the urban space which is substantially shaped by architecture and, in this case, by the lack of daylight and thus presence of city lighting. However, the acoustically and visually overwhelming urban environment holds the - eventually charming - risk of fully absorbing the piece or at least its visual component.

“Setting” is a series of living installations with the aim of weaving performers and objects into a unity of ephemeral sculptures and stands for an experimental arrangement for sensory perception.

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016

Photo: © Corinne Futterlieb for BONE Festival, 2016