is time? What is velocity?
Of course every physicist
could explain, but how does that relate to human perception?
Why does an hour pass by so
slowly when we are sitting in a restaurant hungryly awaiting our food and why is
it so short when we are in a pleasant company?
Even though our tool of
reference ( the ceasium atom ) has vibrated 33093474372000 times in both cases.
My intention is to shed light
upon the discrepancy between objective and subjective perception in this movie. It
shows a journey from Frankfurt to New York in 8 hours 26 minutes, taken at a speed
of almost 1000 km/h.
Objectively speaking, it shows
the fastest mode of travel between these two points in human history. For
subjective human perception however, an unbearably long ordeal. The images mirror
reality: no cuts, no manipulation - only an accurate portrayal of the flight. The audience is
bound to be misled by its own viewing habits.
Those phases of the flight
(take off and landing) that seem fastest, are actually the slowest. Up in the clouds the
flight subjectively loses all its speed, but not in reality.
John-Cage-Organ-Art-Project Halberstadt is another experience
that is bound to irritate the
human is able to follow the melodic line, but it exists, objectively speaking.
The flight’s fastest possible
velocity (Mach .88) is juxtaposed with the music’s slowest possible
velocity (the Halberstadt performance). However, the viewer will
perceive unity instead of contrast.
Subjective slowness meets
The flight follows John Cage’s
footsteps, connecting significant coordinates in his life on the date of his
demise, August 12. New Music brought John Cage to Darmstadt, while Frankfurt
was his home for the preparations to EUROPERAS 1&2.
He lived and died in New York
and the North Atlantic is his graveyard.
The soundtrack consists of the
notes E3, E4, and G5# ; the notes which sounded in Halberstadt during
the flight on August 12, 2005