PSR Nonument 2.0
Nonument 2.0 - in the zone of contradictory desires
Radio ballet and exhibition at the Park-monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet friendship in Varna
The artist Stefan A. Shterev and the German art collective LIGNA are once again issuing a creative challenge related to the so-called NON-monuments (or nonuments) in Bulgaria. This time they invite the public to the Park-monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship in Varna, where on 15 October they will present their artistic research of the radio-object Nonument 2.0*.
In the second project of the Nonument trilogy, which the artists are presenting, the theme of monuments that have lost their significance over time, that have turned from places of memory and reverence into places of worship for ideological myths and convenient historical narratives, is again the leading one. So-called NON-monuments (nonuments) are ideologically charged, surrounded by both hatred and nostalgia, attitudes of revisionism and destruction, and the desire to preserve, conserve and rethink their function in the present. Can a theatrical intervention (performance) demythologize a NON-monument (nonument)? Can it make a contemporary interpretation out of it so that we change the imposed perceptions of the past, experience the same emotional and critical sense of the present, and provide a meaningful future without lies?
Alongside the archival data and cultural references gathered as a basis for the dramaturgy, an exhibition will be presented to provide context and preparation for the performance-radio outfit itself. The accompanying exhibition "The Great Monument of the Little Past", presented by curator Ralitsa Gerasimova, will show the cultural dimensions of the monument as seen by contemporary artists over the past 30 years. It is a combination of archival historical research conducted by Margarita Dorovska and the Cosmodrome Project, as well as contemporary artistic interpretations of the monument. The exhibit opens October 8 at 6:30 p.m. in a pop-up space on St. Sofroni Vrachanski 24, in the Talyana district, Varna.
*Nonument 2.0 is a radio ballet in the form of an audio play. Guided by a specially recorded audio file, which each viewer listens to independently with headphones, participants experience the architecture, witness scenes from the history of the (UN)monument and are invited to join in the performance of ordinary, everyday gestures or large-scale group choreographies.
The project team would like to express its gratitude to the Ministry of Culture, the National Culture Fund, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Life Long Burning project, Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the concessionaire of Varna Airport and Burgas Airport - Fraport Twin Star and the Brain Story Project Foundation for their support, as well as to the Drama and Puppet Theatre "Vasil Drumev".
RADIO BALLET NONUMENT 2.0
Voices: Radina Alexieva, Plamen Ivanov, Stefaniе Lecheva
Concept and direction. Stephan A. Shtereff and LIGNA - Ole Frahm, Thorsten Mihaelsen, Michael Hüners
Text and dramaturgy: LIGNA - Ole Frahm, Thorsten Mihaelsen, Michael Hüners
Music and soundscape: Emilian Gatsov -Elby
Production Manager: Albena Tagareva
Archive, digitization, and documentation: Margarita Dorovska
Communication: Yana Petkovska
Graphic Design. Lunohod Studio/ Teodora Simova
Nonument 2.0 is a co-production between Informbureau and Drama-puppet theatre 'Vasil Drumev', Shumen.
Nonument 2.0 is part of the project "Life Long Burning - for a sustainable ecosystem of contemporary dance in Europe", which is implemented with the financial support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the National Culture Fund, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Fraport Twin Star - concessionaire of Varna Airport and Burgas Airport.