Actualizado: 16 ago 2021

Incoherence takes you on a journey to a rarefied and intriguing world, a world in which all human beings are pulled by external and internal forces and finally tore apart from the inside. A world in which the actual lack of freedom drives everyone into madness, breaking their essence and making them lose their ability to act as human beings. The musical dialogue between voice and violin expresses the variaty of internal conflicts that result from this game of forces acting upon each person. The different musical pieces tell different stories, other perspectives of this distopic world, whereas the light installation expresses this surrounding world in all it's power. Abstract yet very concreet. Who knows, maybe this world is closer to our own experience than we think.



Onkalo for soprano and violin is a message for future Earthlings. Deep in the rock bottom of the island of Olkiluoto, in southwestern Finland, a grave is being dug. The tomb is an experiment in post-human architecture and is called Onkalo, which means "cave" or "hiding place" in Finnish. From 2023 onwards, Onkalo will store highly radioactive nuclear waste, perhaps the darkest matter we have ever produced. As long as we have been producing nuclear waste, we have been unable to decide how to dispose of it. Around 1990 the field of nuclear semiotics arose. When plans were made to store radioactive waste underground, the question arose in America as to how to warn future generations of the great, long-lasting danger below.

The text in the composition is based on sentences formulated in a 1993 report by the Human Interference Taskforce. These are sample sentences that can be communicated in various languages ​​at a storage site for highly radioactive nuclear waste. The Finnish tomb has one of the most secure preservation protocols ever devised: more secure than that of the crypts of pharaohs.

The composition Onkalo is at the same time a monument of shame and a kind of siren song. The realization that if we mark the place as a forbidden area, future Earthlings will actually be attracted, presents us with a big problem.


Perspectives on a fragment by Rilke.

"Unsicher, sanft und ohne Ungeduld.


Sie war in sich, wie Eine hoher Hoffnung,

und dachte nicht des Mannes, der voranging,

und nicht des Weges, der ins Leben aufstieg.

Sie war in sich. Und ihr Gestorbensein

erfüllte sie wie Fülle.

Wie eine Frucht von Süßigkeit und Dunkel,

so war sie voll von ihrem großen Tode,

der also neu war, daß sie nichts begriff"


"faltering, gentle, and without impatience.


She was inside herself, like a great hope,

and never thought of the man who walked ahead

or the road that climbed back toward life.

She was inside herself. And her being dead

filled her like tremendous depth.

As a fruit is filled with its sweetness and darkness

she was filled with her big death, still so new

that it hadn't been fathomed"

In this fragment, Rilke portrays Eurydike in her interrupted journey through the path back to life. These six perspectives explore different ways of saying-articulating the same text, of relating vocal and instrumental sound, and of relating sound-gesture with meaning. Musically, a journey is also traced -not necesarily linear- from a relatively conventional situation (1) to its disintegration (6).


RE:Winterreise is a modern interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise in all its existential anguish. In this brief cycle of four lieder, Castañer puts us in the shoes of the wanderer's lover from Schubert's original work, who, at the beginning of the cycle, is furtively abandoned by him with an abrupt and icy “good night”. As if she had embarked too on her own, particular winter journey –one of a sleepless night–, she tries to cope with the contradictions of her own loneliness, but entering into multiple contradictions with herself along the way. At the end of the piece, we are left wondering wether she has faced a new, more synchronous dawn, or an extension of the suffocating insomnia in which she is trapped –perhaps, eternally.


The artwork created by Laura Hoogenstraaten for Incoherence shows the interconnection of each person with their surroundings– since it is impossible to understand the human being outside the social environment that creates and shapes him as such. However, a dysfunctional environment can also lead to deep problems in the unconscious of human beings.

It is this dualism between the creative spectrum of culture and its suffocating aspect which is shown powerfully in Laura's work. She achieves this by mixing innocent and childish elements with more sinister elements– like shadows–, which give us a glimpse of the other side of the coin.


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