Systematics of Heterotrophs (outline)
Based on Franz Kafka
19-27 / 10 / 2019
12.00 - 24.00
Part of Listenings. Concerts to be toured, curated by Emilia Sitarz
Concept, composition: Michał Libera
Sound design: Robert Nacken
"Systematics ..." consists of monkeys, dog (singular or plural), mouse, cockroach or vexator, vulture, horse from Elberfeld, too large mole, carnivorous ox, snake, two canaries, several still unnamed specimens and - perhaps - human being. What connects them is the inability to produce their own food. A completely trivial, mundane feature of all animals - they are not self-sufficient; they are dependent on their surroundings; they need the world, even if only to eat it. Perhaps this duality goes beyond metabolic levels. At least that's what the title hero of "Investigations of a dog" by Franz Kafka thinks. He believes that the theory of nutrition should be enriched with the theory of music, "the theory of singing that evokes food." This dog is starving by the way, and the song he is interested in is silent, inaudible, imagined, maybe it is not a song at all, though if it was a song and he was the one to sing it, a special kind of supra-human listening would need to be developed in order to hear it. Or sub-human perhaps. It is this kind of listening that is the real topic of "Systematics ...".