Temple of Artifice
I. PERFORMANCE: 22 September 2019, 7.30 pm
main church St. Katharinen
II. DIGITAL TEMPLE: online 22 September 2019
III. EXHIBITION: 22 September – 20 October 2019
parking garage Katharinenkirche
The Temple of Artifice is a transmedial artwork by artist and witchdoctor [M] Dudeck, commisioned as part of HAMBURG MASCHINE, a two-years program for art in public space by Dirck Moellmann. For the past decade Dudeck’s work has involved the invention of a queer sci-fi religion and mythology. His current project The Temple of Artifice takes the invented religion as a starting point to explore the role of the temple in the information age. Dudeck's artistic practice can be directly related to the question of the aspects and modes of action of digitality, the program focus of HAMBURG MASCHINE.
The Temple of Artifice involves three central aspects :
- A neo-liturgical performance, featuring [M] Dudeck, opera singer Annette Elster and artist/writer Cordula Daus. The performance presents a series of seven sermons, performatively and ritually exploring seven artifacts (Hypericons) written and designed by Dudeck as part of his mythology RELIGIONVIRUS, and involves an original sound-track, recorded and produced by a team of international sound engineers and musicians working together as part of RELIGIONVIRUS PRODUCTIONS. The entire work expands upon themes emerging from Dudeck’s fictional religion, Artifism.
- A digital multimedia temple – www.templeofartifice.com – animating the same themes as the performance, exploring the possibility of an invisible temple in cyberspace, also featuring all seven Hypericons and the original soundtrack.
- An exhibition in collaboration with the artist collective LU'UM shows the original Hypericons in a former workshop of the parking garage outside St. Katharinen's gates. The liturgical performance leads all participants in a procession from the church to the car park garage in order to offer refreshments and space for discussions in the temporary gallery workshop there.
For the past ten years, [M] Dudeck has presented transmedial episodes of his fictional RELIGIONVIRUS in over twenty-five countries, in live ritual performances, museological installations, sacred electronic musical performances, techno-sermons, and most recently the construction of a web-based digital temple. The performance on September 22, the material presented on www.templeofartifice.com, and the exhibition, chronicles the origins and cosmogony of Dudeck’s sci-fi religious mythology, occuring in a post-apocalyptic ››ancient future‹‹ that follows the birth of a God in the aftermath of a global cataclysm.
The performative sermons in St. Katharinen will be delivered in English, German and Dudeck's intervented language. The work combines theology, science fiction, queer theory and pop music to create a multimedia spectacle that reflects the function of a sacred temple in the information age.
Sample of the Multimedia Soundscore for digital temple and live performance:
Time and venue:
Main church Sankt Katharinen, 22 September 2019
7.30 pm introduction with Pastor Frank Engelbrecht and Dirck Möllmann
8.00 pm begin of the performance
Katharinenkirchhof 1, 20457 Hamburg
II. DIGITAL TEMPLE – web-based artwork
www.templeofartifice.com – online 22 September 2019
III. EXHIBITION at parking garage Katharinenkirche next door,
Neue Gröningerstraße 12, 20457 Hamburg (in collaboration with LU’UM collective and WERKSTATT Gröninger Hof)