durational performance

A human being will be reading the entire history of 20th-century Europe for future – post-human or alien – civilizations. This reading will be accompanied by 100 random pieces of music – one for each year of the 20th century. A software will help translate the text live into binary code, a hypothetically universal language. The audio and its translation are recorded onto a device that will be stored in a time capsule on the performance venue. Simultaneously, photons will be sent beyond the stratosphere through a laser pointer, reacting to the sound waves of the narrator’s voice. The laser pointer will thus signal our position, and this unhindered signal will travel through the stratosphere all the way to the borders of the Universe. Were it to be used to locate uz, we believe Europeana. A Brief history of the 20th century is the most suitable book to narrate the century we were born and grew up in.


concept Sotterraneo
book  “Europeana. Breve storia del XX Secolo” Copyright © 2001 Patrik Ouředník
traduzione Andrea Libero Carbone / Ed. Quodlibet
on stage Fabio Mascagni
lighting design Marco Santambrogio
sound design Luca Scapellato / LSKA
graphic design Brochendors Brothers
consulting Lorenzo Busoni (ricercatore Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri)
producer Eleonora Cavallo

production Sotterraneo
with the support of Centrale Fies
contribution Fondazione CR Firenze

***Sotterraneo is part of the Fies Factory, of the European Network Apap – Performing Europe 2020 and is resident at Associazione Teatrale Pistoiese Production Centre***


Europeana Trailer




Festival XL Centrale Fies art work space

Dro (TN)


Mercurio Festival


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