FROM THE DEAD AIR ORGY is a series of five broadcast chapters being transmitted live from a hidden location somewhere on the outskirts of Helsinki. Each broadcast reveals a developing narrative from a location an audience can now no longer enter.
The broadcasts revolve around the poem On The Nature of Things by the Roman poet Lucretius (c.99BC - c.55BC). His epic work explores a scientific reading of the world through physics and atomic theory: that everything that exists is made up of matter and empty space and that atoms are the building blocks of what we perceive as reality.
FROM THE DEAD AIR ORGY gathers Lucretius’s poem and uses it as the perimeter to ask a series of questions about the future of the universe. Using an Artificial Intelligence text generator it gathers from the internet, in response to Lucretius’s ancient work, a generated text that prophesies its own future. This wild, impenetrable and unpredictable text is then transmitted through each of the five broadcasts and becomes a backdrop to what is taking place in this hidden location. Each broadcast unlocking different narrative possibilities.
Over the five nights a network evolves of prophecies, cosmology, covert shipping exports, hidden caves, survivalist prepping and pole dancing.
FROM THE DEAD AIR ORGY: On The Nature of Things is the second edition in an ongoing series of live broadcasts inspired by and developed from hidden locations. All editions are developed by Simon Vincenzi with sound artist Will Saunders and performer Kath Duggan. Technical set-up and production for this episode is by Tiago Martins Pinto. The title refers to the term 'dead air’ - while waiting for a radio or television signal to be restored.
FROM THE DEAD AIR ORGY: On The Nature of Things will be live-streamed on 12.10.-16.10.2021, each evening at 20:00 Helsinki Time.
Each chapter will be approximately 20 minutes.
Wear headphones or play at volume.
Image: Aukusti Heinonen
With the collaboration of Xing/Live Arts Week
Commissioned and produced by BAD HOUSE FESTIVAL
(This production has been postponed from the festival in April 2021)
Supported by Goethe-Institut Finnland and The British Embassy Helsinki