The News Trilogy
Part I – The News Blues
Part II – Major News / Minor News
Part III – Secret News
Nicholas Bussmann approaches news as a data stream to be processed by 7 performers employing various languages, executing a composition, or in other words: an algorithm. The composition is a set of simple instructions to structure the performance on multiple levels, to filter, harmonize or decompose the news and trigger social interaction between the performers.
In “The News Blues”, part I of the trilogy, a lead singer sings an article from a newspaper in their language. The other performers, while not necessarily understanding, mimic what they hear, building up harmonies. Together, seven harmonies and three instructions form the algorithm of “The News Blues”: 1. Turn a page to start. 2. If somebody turns a page, then everybody turns a page of their newspaper, and then somebody starts to lead. 3. If a second singer starts to lead while the other is still singing the first one stops at some point. This establishes a continuous change of hierarchy inside the group. It gives everybody a stage on which to direct the others, conducting them, making them act, dispending belief.
It is also a process of transformation. A news item interpreted by an individual is mimicked, harmonized, misunderstood and transformed into the essence of news in modern society: a stream of excitement.
The News Trilogy has been performed at:
Labor Sonor Berlin 2014 premiere The News Blues
Shanghai Biennale 2014/15 42 performances of The News Blues in various Chinese dialects
Museu Serralves Porto 2015 premiere Major News / Minor News
Hangar Bicocca Milano 2015
Documenta 14 Savvy Contemporary/Berlin Premiere Secret News
The Berlin News Blues
Eduard Mont de Palol
The Shanghai News Blues