Ekki Hugsa 360° (video)
World-renowned Icelandic composer and multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds and Berlin-based designer Torsten Posselt join forces for a transcendental, audiovisual planetarium performance. The duo aims to offer an antidote to today's hectic world.
Ekki hugsa is Icelandic for 'don't think', a message that found Arnalds’ at the right moment in his life: “A few years ago I was going through a bad patch in my life, suffering from anxiety. One evening, friends took me to an interactive theatre performance to take my mind off things. During the performance, one of the actors looked at me, hurriedly scribbled something on a piece of paper and handed it to me. The message read: “Ekki hugsa”! That moment inspired most of my work in the past few years.”
Arnalds and Posselt, therefore, did not aim to create a bombastic spectacle performance, but rather to step back and create a meditative journey that allows the audience to simply be present in the moment. "Ekki Hugsa is a journey into non-thinking," says Posselt.
Musically, Arnalds elaborates on the techniques he used on his most recent album re:member (2018). For this, he developed software where two self-playing pianos respond to a third piano, played by Arnalds himself. This results in otherworldly sound textures, which go well with Posselt's mesmerizing 360° images.
Lean back in your chair, feast your ears and eyes and stop thinking. 'Ekki hugsa!'
360° video (Arnalds doesn’t perform live).
Seated film with closed doors. Don’t be late, latecomers will not be let in.