If you have 44 minutes to spare online, then put on your best headphones, settle back with a drink, and immerse yourself in an opera for vocals and electronics set in an aircraft passenger cabin.
Here comes TURBULENCE online, as filmed by artist Peter Humble, with libretto by Cynthia Troup and music by Juliana Hodkinson, performed by Deborah Kayser and Anneli Björåsen.
The film version was created for the e-book LIGE, released on 2nd June 2015 by the Danish Arts Agency and Danish Ministry of Equality in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Danish Arts Foundation. LIGE (the Danish word for 'equal') presents projects by 21 artists whose work addresses the shifting frontlines of the cultural politics of gender over the past 100 years.
TURBULENCE is cast for a Mother (soprano), Daughter (actor), and the voices of a female pilot, flight announcer and baby. The parallel monologues of the singing mother and her speaking daughter tilt, interweave, and collide; at times their articulations in the white-noise spectrum seem to be their only common language. This charged sonic environment includes the popping and rushing of an unreliable flight intercom system, an amplified transistor radio, a handluggage-sized synthesiser, and the aria 'For those who are near you are far away', with its soaring opening line, 'Sky as blue'.