About the project

Stifter's Dinge
Heiner Goebbels
April 2008 & November 2012

Five grand pianos, insides out, are suspended in the clearing of a forest...

The instruments advance, playing furiously on their own as they glide over the steaming lagoon situated between us and the trees. Elsewhere in the landscape, the disembodied voices of Claude Levi-Strauss, William S Burroughs and Malcolm X appear and disappear through the foggy darkness of history.

In an extraordinary sculptural installation that is part music box and part landscape painting, Heiner Goebbels' chief protagonists are all objects at the mercy of elemental forces. Stifter's Dinge is a performance with no performers: a series of chain reactions and changing climates of sound, image, text and movement.

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