I. Isolation: An investigation and reenactment of isolation through the lens of, artist, writer, provocateur and Patron Saint of Vienna Hermès Phettberg.
My Laboratory: Computer Lab 327 during the most intense period of quarantine and under the strictest health guidelines brought Hermès and Hannes Moser together while Laboratory guests tuned in and were read a interviews I made with Hermès wherein he composed meditations on his now decade long isolation due to physical disability. This was accompanied by an interview with Hannes about the extremity of his isolation as an front line nurse and the mourning of his career as an artist which had been abandoned in favor of taking care of others though this time of crisis.
This short piece has been made as a record of the ephemeral and poetic moments of that lab. And will be presented at Die Angewendte Festival 2020 25.6 at 3:30.
II. Suffering: This performance took place as part of Computer Lab 327: on May Day 2020, beginning at dawn and ending at dusk. This 18 hour procession was an act of labor disguised as “Art”, it was described as a whirligig, Triple Trinity Divine, a human in a mask pushing objects DeadAlive around the center of a city that worships artists…but only after they die, certainly through the shutdown of Vienna their massive income loss and social contribution were not being considered worthy of support.
This short film is offered as poetic record of a time based procession and performance and will be featured at Die Angewendte Festival 2020 25.6 at 3:30.
III: The Divine Idea
The Divine Idea was a central theme of Computer Lab 327. Centering on concepts laid out by American director, critic, performance theorist, and personal mentor Herbert Blau the Divine Idea is described as “a form that is essentially embodied and combines the idea of authority, virtuosity, discipline, and power in a kind of suspension of the material world, above the material world. An example is Philippe Petit walking on a tightrope between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. There you have a pure existentialist act which is contingent upon extraordinary physical prowess. It’s what one comes to understand through a spiritual discipline: that when the body is perfected to a certain limit, it becomes almost like pure mind…” Another example of this is the work of genius director Robert Wilson who through his operas, site specific performances, installations, films, and truly his daily life has a special understanding of The Divine Idea.
For this piece Robert Wilson has contributed as reading of a text by Herbert Blau. I will say that it is something in order of magnitudes greater that “humbled” to have connected two of my greatest hero’s through a piece of mine. This piece can be seen at Die Angewendte Festival 2020 25.6 at 3:30
Direction/Concept: Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell
Camera/Editing: Daniel Partke
Music: Marilies Jagsch
Performance: Hermes Phettberg, Hannes Moser, Thomas Thalhammer
Part II: Suffering
Concept/Performance: Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell
Camera/Editing: Daniel Partke
Music: Erin Jorgensen
Field Recordings: Marlies Möderndorfer
Concept: Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell
Visuals: Alexander Nowak
Music: Brian Lawlor
Voice: Robert Wilson, Text: Herbert Blau