Audio-Text-Performance by Jan Mech, 2014
Composition and Performance: Jan Mech
Text: Los Que Pasan Corriendo (Die Vorüberlaufenden)
by Franz Kafka
Los Que Que Pasan Corriendo is a 4-channel music and text performance. The short text by Franz Kafka is an internal monologue describing the movements of thoughts that result from an inner dilemma: While walking in an alley at night the protagonist witnesses a situation. Can he interfere? Does he have to? Is he empowered to do so? Is what he sees really what is happening? The brief encounter takes us to the inner labyrinth of the protagonist. The words in the text are silent. No one speaks out loud. And so are the words in the performance: They remain silent; the audience is reading them. The piece is created and performed with an instrument (developed and constructed by the artist) that uses an old mechanical typewriter to produce electronic sounds, images and text in real time. The performance combines the act of reading, where the reader creates his/her own inner voice to perceive the text within a field of sounds and music that surrounds the audience.