Marco Ciciliani // Barbara Lüneburg
Kilgore by Marko Ciciliani is designed as a game-environment in which the performers engage with different elements that generate various sounds. Game missions that have to be fulfilled by the players lead to a musical form, which varies in its details with every performance, but stays consistent in its general direction.
The entire environment can be considered a game which serves at the same time as a dynamic score and an extended instrument design. At first the activities take place in a landscape where the performers have to interact with various objects. Later on, the activities are placed within a house on an island which entails different audiovisual events.
A reoccuring subject in the piece is the (mis-)use of Wagner's “Ride of the Walkure” in nationalist contexts in the history of film. Fragments used in “Kilgore” include the Wochenschau from May 30, 1941 and D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation from 1915.
“Kilgore” has been realized as part of the artistic research projects GAPPP – Gamified Audiovisual Performance and Performance Practice (AR364-G24) which has been running at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz since 2016.