We are inviting the local residents, city visitors, as well as the cultural and artistic community to an audiovisual performance at the National Monument located at Tolstraat 160.
The performance takes place on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of September 2020.
The main focus of the project is to reopen the doors of the building at Tolstraat 160 and make it accessible and tangible to the public audience through artistic and creative practice. It will create a possibility for local residents and visitors to explore and re-experience the architectural monument before it will change its purpose - from being a public library to a broedplaats run by Old School Amsterdam.
'Building as Opera' is an audiovisual public performance series created by local performance artist Nina Glockner. Performance contains four performers and a vocal singer Persephone Abbott at the Tempelgebouw in the Diamantbuurt Amsterdam South district. Scripted performance is based on interviews and archive research around the history of the building, the neighborhood, bringing together various voices from the past in the context of a strong architectural character. As a visual artist, Nina Glockner researches, translates and connects history using several mediums, and will transform these elements into a 45 min live audiovisual piece that will gesture at the important cultural and social consequences that space has incorporated throughout its existence.
'Building as Opera' questions the usual view of space and time. Four performers and a singer intermingle in the present and the past moment of a building using the current interior set up and the whole space. Using scripted observation instruments: performers' bodies, sounds, voices, crafted objects, and sounds Nina Glockner aims to create the possibility for the audience to understand the history of the building but leaves the space for interpretation.
Additionally, a temporary text intervention on the facade of the building Tolstraat 160 will be placed a month before the public events. This gesture will attract the attention of the local residents and passers-by and at the same time will bring some vitality to the building, which closed its doors as of summer 2019.