The Ship Of Fools

by hackedepicciotto

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    A movie by Danielle de Picciotto
    Sound by Alexander Hacke
    Edited by Sylvia Steinhaeuser
    Languages: Czech, Finish, German, French, English, Turkish
    Subtitles: English
    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Label: potomak c&p 2010

    Premiere: 27th October 2010
    Kino Central, Hackesche Höfe, Berlin. 6pm

    In 2007 the internationally known artist couple Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke decided to create an audio/visual interpretation of the novel "The Ship Of Fools" by Sebastian Brant. Although this book was written in 1495, it has remained contemporary up till today with its satirical depiction of the human condition.

    Curious to hear what other artists would come up with for such a show, Danielle and Alexander then invited international colleagues, specialized in unusual instruments or dance, to participate. The fascinating journey through time and space, which is documented here, is a wonderful collage of mesmerizing concerts, humorous stories on why the musicians decided to play specific instruments and vivid interviews with performers on how they think mankind has developed over the last 500 years.

    This documentary is a must have for all that love adventure in music and unexpected endings.

    Participation of and interviews with:
    Alexander Hacke (Einstuerzende Neubauten) & Danielle de Picciotto.

    Montreal: Dana Gingras, Jordi Rosen, Marie Brassard, Lysanne Thibodeau.

    Prague: Pavel Zajcek (Plastic People of The Universe), Tomáš Turek (Prague Radio Wave), Petre Venrbec, Jiří Kollman, Adrian Stout (Tiger Lillies).

    Istanbul: Murat Ertel (BabaZula), Fakih Kademoğlu Nourah, Cennet, Aylin Gungor /James Hakan Dedeoglu (Bant Magazine).

    Helsinki: Tero Vanttinen ("Cleaning Women"), Pekko Käppi, Jari Suominen, Kaisa El Ramly.

    Berlin: Trinity Sarratt and Luscious Lloyd (Cry Babies), Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring (Stereo Total), Robert Rutman, NU UNRUH (Einstürzende Neubauten), Rob Gutowski, Yoyo Röhm.

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The medieval novel “The Ship of Fools„ which is based on the fact that before insane asylums existed, criminals and madmen were put on ships to be gotten rid of, sailing the seas for years, has been an inspiration for numerous artists throughout the centuries.. The image of a ship filled with fools, seafaring through the oceans of life, is a metaphor not only depicting the foolhardiness of mankind – the detailed descriptions of the different fools within the ship describe current character traits as well as ancient ones.

The timelessness of this story appealed to Danielle de Picciotto and Alexander Hacke, inspiring them to compose a show based on eleven fools described in the book, presenting the seduction of follies, their downfall and hidden assets by means of music and projected visuals.

The artists De Picciotto/ Hacke are known for being unconventional – ever involved in discovering new ways of presenting avant-garde ideas or interaction among cultures and generations. With the performance „The Ship Of Fools” it was their objective to explicate the novel by Sebastian Brant in a very contemporary spirit – emphasizing that medieval themes are astonishingly up to date politically, religiously and sociologically – mirroring them in different cultural traditions to highlight their international relevance with oriental rhythms, American sideshow and country themes, south pacific tiki aspects or Berlin underground statements. The interaction among text, music and video represents a „state - of - the – art” approach to classic literature, traditional and electronic music, art and film.

The artists present each of the 11 chapters with a short recital of Brant’s original text. After reading they illustrate the described fool with music and visuals. Deep bass lines, scraping metal, melancholic autoharps, violent guitar riffs, bizarre sound recordings, electronic break beats, long forgotten tango tunes entwined with Hackes magnificent singing and Danielle’s mystic lyrics are illuminated by intricate projections depicting illustrated scenes of fools debauchery, burlesque dance clips and colorful tiki animations (all drawings and filming by Danielle de Picciotto). The artists present a magical world –a dreamlike mirror of the one we are all living in –this live performance is charged with laconic humor and fantasy inviting us to not only be seduced by its follies but also be conscious of its possible downfall.


released June 2, 2007


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hackedepicciotto are Alexander Hacke and Danielle de Picciotto.

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