Multimedia Performance


Multimedia Performance by Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton

Experimental composer Jennifer Walshe and philosopher Timothy Morton join forces to explore the multiplicity of temporalities at the heart of being human.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

© Charitra Jain

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Time. If no one asks us, we know what it is. Or at least we know what one of the different versions of it is. Deep ecological time, evolutionary time, time travel, longitude, time expansion and contraction, alternative timelines and parallel universes. Polyphasic sleep, anti-ageing creams, fertility clocks, groups of neurons in our brains and black holes.

Visionary philosopher Timothy Morton (*1968) and experimental composer Jennifer Walshe (*1974) join forces to explore the multiplicity of temporalities at the heart of being human. Everyone in the room is important – the fast-paced digital time of Matmos' M.C. Schmidt and Walshe; the deep geological rhythms of instrument builder Lee Patterson; the liminal eternal drones of Irish experimentalist Áine O’Dwyer; the shifting tectonic plates of sound from Norwegian ensembles Streifenjunko and Vilde&Inga. The audience, whose entropy demonstrates that time is indeed passing …



Music Jennifer Walshe, developed in collaboration with Áine O’Dwyer, Lee Patterson, M.C. Schmidt, Streifenjunko (Eivind Lønning & Espen Reinertsen), Vilde&Inga (Inga Aas & Vilde Alnæs)
Text Timothy Morton & Jennifer Walshe


Direction & video Jennifer Walshe
Stage & lighting Aedín Cosgrove
Sound design Úna Monaghan

Jennifer Walshe voice & electronics
Áine O’Dwyer voice, harp & electronics
Lee Patterson electronics
M.C. Schmidt voice & electronics
Eivind Lønning trumpet
Espen Reinertsen saxophone
Inga Aas double bass
Vilde Alnæs violin

Commissioned by Borealis – en festival for eksperimentell musikk, Sonic Acts, MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues, Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and London Contemporary Music Festival / Serpentine Galleries

Commission supported by Arts Council Norway, Arts Council of Ireland and the Performance Arts Fund NL. Funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Commissioned as part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.