Subnormal Europe

Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil (ES)

Subnormal Europe is a 60-minute music theater play co-created by Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil. The performance involves a singer/performer and a sound engineer/performer, whose physical and virtual personas are staged in an installation composed by 3 large screens, 9 loudspeakers, MIDI-DMX lighting, and a wooden cube. 

The Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Union has delegated to the Münchener Biennale the commission of a project of innovation and development in the context of the German Presidency of the European Commission between July and December 2020. Quoting the text of the agreement between the parties, “the main purpose of this initiative is the exact technical reproduction of those instants, which have marked our history of progress in the audiovisual field. The collection must be composed by a set of files, which may be exhibited together with their originals, not being able to distinguish one from the other.” Following these guidelines, musical dramatist Belenish Moreno-Gil and composer Óscar Escudero have designed a session staging singer Noa Frenkel and sound engineer Sebastian Schottke. The team, in cooperation with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, will face the challenge of creating live replicas of these fragments in each of the performances. The outcomes of the process will be eventually compiled and stored by the EU in order to fulfill the goals of the project, among them, and quoting again the award agreement: “to take the pulse of the current state of the European values and to reaffirm the sense of citizenship of its inhabitants, as well as the knowledge of our common history and its contributions to human development in difficult times for Europeanism.” 

Subnormal Europe is a 60-minute music theater play co-created by Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil. The performance involves a singer/performer and a sound engineer/performer, whose physical and virtual personas are staged in an installation composed by 3 large screens, 9 loudspeakers, MIDI-DMX lighting, and a wooden cube. 

The Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Union has delegated to the Münchener Biennale the commission of a project of innovation and development in the context of the German Presidency of the European Commission between July and December 2020. Quoting the text of the agreement between the parties, “the main purpose of this initiative is the exact technical reproduction of those instants, which have marked our history of progress in the audiovisual field. The collection must be composed by a set of files, which may be exhibited together with their originals, not being able to distinguish one from the other.” Following these guidelines, musical dramatist Belenish Moreno-Gil and composer Óscar Escudero have designed a session staging singer Noa Frenkel and sound engineer Sebastian Schottke. The team, in cooperation with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, will face the challenge of creating live replicas of these fragments in each of the performances. The outcomes of the process will be eventually compiled and stored by the EU in order to fulfill the goals of the project, among them, and quoting again the award agreement: “to take the pulse of the current state of the European values and to reaffirm the sense of citizenship of its inhabitants, as well as the knowledge of our common history and its contributions to human development in difficult times for Europeanism.” 

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Concept, composition, dramaturgy, direction, costume, text, video and audio production: Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil   

Contralto: Noa Frenkel     

Voice: Sebastian Schottke   

ZKM | Hertz-Lab: Ludger Brümmer (Project Management), Götz Dipper (Project Coordination, Live Electronics), Moritz Büchner (Videostudio: Technical Direction Video), Andy Koch (Videostudio: Camera), Güzide Coker (Videostudio: Clapperboard & Script), Xenia Leidig (Videostudio: Video Pre-Processing, Set Photos & Videos), Hans Gass (Set Stage & Lighting), Sebastian Schottke (Live Electronics, Sound Direction), Jakob Schreiber (Sound Recordist), Bernd Lintermann (iPad Software), Manfred Hauffen (Technical Support). 

Composition and libretto commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale. 

A coproduction of the Munich Biennale with Hertz-Labor of the ZKM Karlsruhe. 

In cooperation with Gare du Nord and ZeitRäume Basel and Wien Modern as part of the network for cross-form music theatre forms. 

With kind support of the Instituto Cervantes Munich. 

Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil (ES) are a couple of transmedia composers and performers whose productions point on social networks as ideology and the creation of operative artistic devices within a “SPAM reality.” Their pieces have been premiered in numerous international festivals and stages, such as Kunstfest Weimar, Münchener Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Rotterdam Operadagen, and Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid). Their work has also been recognized with international prizes such as the Giga-Hertz Spezialpreis (ZKM, EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO), Busoni Förderpreis (AdK Berlin), and Premio Jóvenes Compositores SGAE-CNDM (Spanish Ministry of Culture). Escudero and Moreno-Gil are co-directors of CLAMMY, an ensemble, and a YouTube channel devoted to the production of new music theater pieces linked to technological research. 

Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil (ES) are a couple of transmedia composers and performers whose productions point on social networks as ideology and the creation of operative artistic devices within a “SPAM reality.” Their pieces have been premiered in numerous international festivals and stages, such as Kunstfest Weimar, Münchener Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Rotterdam Operadagen, and Museo Reina Sofía (Madrid). Their work has also been recognized with international prizes such as the Giga-Hertz Spezialpreis (ZKM, EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO), Busoni Förderpreis (AdK Berlin), and Premio Jóvenes Compositores SGAE-CNDM (Spanish Ministry of Culture). Escudero and Moreno-Gil are co-directors of CLAMMY, an ensemble, and a YouTube channel devoted to the production of new music theater pieces linked to technological research.