TRANSFLESH is an experimental contemporary music theatre performance for one actor, electronic music and video. It is about using current scientific models to deal with perception, consciousness and reality and philosophical discussions. The starting point is the theory of Thomas Metzinger. He said that “the content of consciousness is the content of a simulated world located in our brain and that the feeling of the existence itself is a part of this simulation.” (“The Ego Tunnel”). The problem is, that his explanatory model can’t be proved by science. But there are more possibilities in the philosophical and aesthetic discourse in contemporary music and video art.
TRANSFLESH is working with the instruments of excessive demands. It is very complex. Video, music and text/performer are respectively going for their own aesthetic independence. They don’t bow to the dictum of harmony and hegemony of one single art. A video working with strobe effects fills the whole stage, a composition of electronic contemporary music develops physical power, and a complex text is presented by a puristic voice: Together it creates a production like an excessive demand of the senses which operates like an edge experience.
Concerning the composition it means that the limits of acoustic perception come to the foreground. The recordings of the acoustic instruments such as piano, violin and double bass form the centre of the sound world. The acoustic nature of these instruments will be expanded and fractured in different ways. A meta body develops blurring the borders of real and non-real. The almost not audible sounds of the violin will be amplified till they form a sound volume showing a new dimension of the instrument. Subwoofer reproduce the amplified deep tone of piano and double bass and produce a physical feeling, which normally can’t be felt. The spectator is on one hand delivered to the strength of the sound and on the other hand to his own curiosity to experience unknown perceptions. He will get roped into a musical tornado.