VISION OF THE SELF-CONTAINED SPHERE
Monday · 04 November 2013 · 20:00h
Ehrenhof 1 · 40479 Düsseldorf
Rochus Aust · composition/spatial composition/video/flugelhorn
Heinz Friedl · bass clarinet
Bosco Pohontsch · trumpet
Fosco Perinti · voice
Florian Zwissler · synthesizer
Jonathan Golove · theremin-cello
Christoph Burger · lighting
Markus Aust · sound design/sound direction/video
The pyramids of Giza, the Coliseum in Rome, the Moersenbroich egg: world-architecture has always made use of clearly defined shapes and structures. Only the sphere as always been avoided as a last consequence. This is because it never stops moving, something which, for architects, creates unsolvable conundrums. Until now, for now we shall think the unthinkable and achieve the impossible. At the heart of Europe, in our midst, in the middle of Düsseldorf.
Although the creators of the Düsseldorf planetarium later to become the Tonhalle had secured half the building in the ground in order to stabilise and secure the sphere, it shall soon be allowed to cast off its shackles because being stationary is so passé-passé: The vision of the sphere as an self-contained living environment, the vision of inner and outer peace, the vision of the Düsseldorf sphere.
Independence and self-sufficiency probably were what motivated this vision by the citizens of Düsseldorf, something which is hardly surprising in the times of river floods caused by climate change and riparian neighbours so highly debt-ridden.
The sphere, sealed all around, a perfect place for the perfect living conditions: protections from intruders, extraordinary mobility in the water-rich climes of the future, its own internal climate and a not very high likelihood of disreputable characters escaping.
The fact that a self-contained world will engender envy in the Old World makes this vision a bestseller and is likely to result in some form of docking module or another. But even for that this is still plenty of time until 2063.
**second manned space programme of the United States