Katinka Fogh Vindelev & Marie Kølbæk Iversen: Moonologue. For our Suns
Moonologue. For our Suns (2018)
An opera by Katinka Fogh Vindelev
& Marie Kølbæk Iversen
Live in concert at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on November 23 and December 7, 2018
Album out November 23, 2018,
Moonologue. For our Suns is a new opera produced in collaboration between composer Katinka Fogh Vindelev and visual artist Marie Kølbæk Iversen. It is an independent continuation of Kølbæk Iversen’s long-term art project Io/I, which is on view at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art until January 20, 2019, as part of the exhibition “The Moon.”
In the opera's libretto, written by Kølbæk Iversen, the diverging identities of Io is explored: Io is Jupiter's inner-most moon, which was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei, but she is also the Greek-Roman mythological priestess after whom the moon is named. Through Galileo's Italian ('io' is the Italian word for 'I') the different manifestations of Io are synthesised into a composite Self; a Self thus also encompassing Galileo as well as the artists – the audience even; a Self which speaks through the Moonologue.
In her composition of Kølbæk Iversen's text, Fogh Vindelev takes as her starting point this blurring of identities, which she reflects in the two voices – a male and a female voice, a countertenor and a soprano (sung by Morten Grove Frandsen and Fogh Vindelev herself) – that intersect and diffuse each other beyond the singers’ cultural and biological genders. The composition shifts between recitative and abstract parts together reflecting the hybridising, supernatural, and mythic character of the text.
The collaboration manifests as two live performances at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art during the fall and winter of 2018, for which Kølbæk Iversen has created the masks and costumes: one at full moon on November 23, and one at new moon on December 7, 2018. In addition, the opera is released as a limited vinyl edition by Antipyrine Records on the occasion of the first performance.
Katinka Fogh Vindelev:
Post-graduate in classical singing the Danish National Academy of Music
since 2018 and MA in electro-acoustic composition and Sound art in
2017. BA in Classical singing from The Royal Academy of Music in 2012.
Since 2012, lead singer and composer in the sound collective/quartet We
like We. Pianist and singer on Efterklang’s world tour (2012-14);
soloist at the Odense Symphonic Orchestra’s premiere of Karsten
Fundal’s Liquid Rooms (2014); playing the role of Young Isolde in Sort/Hvid’s thriller opera LEAVES (2015).
Marie Kølbæk Iversen: PhD fellow in artistic practice at the Academy of Fine Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Aarhus University since 2017. Visual Artist MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2018. In 2018 part of “The Moon” at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art with the large-scale video installation Io/I. In 2017 recipient of ARKEN’s travel grant as well as the NARP- and Novo Nordisk Foundation Mads Øvlisen-grants with special mention. In 2016 participant in the 11th Gwangju Biennial “The Eight Climate (What Does Art Do?)” and artist-in-residency at Pivô in São Paulo, Brazil. Represented by Gether Contemporary.