HMK at Kunstvlaai/ART Pie 2010: My Own Private Bayreuth
Cellist Florian Streich in Arturas Bumsteinas performance at Kunstvlaai 2010
"My Own Private Bayreuth", Arturas Bumsteinas
This year, the Lithuanian visual artist/composer Arturas Bumšteinas represents HMK at the KunstVlaai/ArtPie. His work at ArtPie stems from his personal fascination with Wagner's operas. In 2009, Bumšteinas ordered tickets for a wellknown Wagnerfestival that's held every year in Bayreuth, Germany. Upon his request for tickets, Bumšteinas was placed in a nine-year queue. He then decided that, every year he would spend on the waiting list, he would perform his own version of Wagner's 'Ring der Nibelungen'.
During ArtPie 2010, Bumšteinas will work with a diverse group of local musicians, to perform several scores of the first part of the Nibelungen cycle, 'Das Rheingold'. In executing the opera, Bumšteinas will be using a very systematic approach. His aim is to deconstruct the piece, to return to its core elements. He will then reconstruct these elements according to his own artistic idiom.
Arturas Bumšteinas previously worked with HMK, in 2007 he participated in DE_constructing, the first project of the current coordinators at HMK. Bumšteinas is both a composer and a visual artist, in his work he deals with the tension and boundaries between videoart, performance and experimental 'electro-acoustic' music.