THE SCHOOL OF TIME
HOSPITAL KARAOKE INSTALLATION (2006)
4-Channel Video installation
4:3 PAL DVD
14:15 min loop
Based on the structure of karaoke, (no cure) features four 80-year-old Germans, singing the lyrics of three The Cure songs: Cold, One Hundred Years and Sinking. The haunting electronic score composed by Melbourne composer David Chisholm uses leitmotifs of Richard Wagner’s opera Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) to accompany the lyrics and the work drifts into a poetic and eerie comment on the transience of life and memory.
Dorothea Jaster, Johanna Penski, Anton Sorge, Hans Baldin
- Expanded Cinema, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (Russia)
- Athens Video Art Festival, Athens (Greece)
This haunting, immersive work is both poignantly introspective and breathtakingly spectacular.
Alasdair Foster, Director, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (Australia)
Eldagsen’s vast, weather-beaten visages bear down on the viewer from all four sides. Confronting and bleak, the haunting faces stay with you. Festival highlight.
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
The heightened detail in the imagery and their mutual, unearthly, transforming radiance conjures other states of being that take us into and beyond ourselves. It’s quite an experience.
realtime Magazine (Australia)
A poetic and haunting meditation on the transience of life and memory that is as confronting as it is serene.
Our ‘Artist of the Week’!
FBI Radio, Sydney (Australia)
From the bright white light that baths the viewer to lyrics lifted from a swag of Cure songs, Boris Eldagsen’s large-scale, four channel video and sound installation is an interesting, if tough and haunting piece.