Maria de’ Medici and Maria Stuart – Klankvorm, Pink Pank (Rotterdam, NL)


Maria de’ Medici and Maria Stuart is a Post-Elizabethanian electromagnetic tragedy, based on the royal Medici-collar or the Stuart-collar, a historic clothing element which functions as an audible lace – an antenna which picks up radio waves site-specifically and makes them audible through electronic sounds.

The synergetic object of de- and re-territorialization functions as the instrument of global regency of the electromagnetic spectrum. The performance will each time result in a different sonic event and composition, determined by the signals that are present on the specific location and modulated by the movements of the wearer relative to the space, and each other.

It´s name refers to the economic and aesthetic concurrence and the confessional conflicts of late 16th regimes in Europe. These issues have found their manifestation as a ‘war of the golden lace’, carried out by two of the most influential political figures of european monarchy.

Maria de’ Medici and Maria Stuart might have never met in time and space physically, their commonalities remain as the utmost political power and failure, flight to exile and denationalization and death in poverty.

The Medici/Stuart-collars, rising above the wearer´s head as a physical extension, a symbol of prosperity, are merely functional steel antenna constructions, which marks the turn towards an aesthetics of transparency, emphasizing the aesthetic value of ostensibly functional apparatus.

Audible gates to the invisible phenomena of the momentary situation are being opened up, immersing the audience not only into a broad incalculable sound spectrum but also a holistic and irreproducible synesthetic experience.

Video by Zahra Karimpour and Stefan, edited by Magnetoceptia.

Photos by Pieter Kers