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Songs for a Passerby

2023 / 25' Dir. Celine Daemen Sales. Silbersee

Songs for a Passerby

Celine Daemen

A VR opera by Celine Daemen about our tenuous relationship with the transitory nature of reality.

A VR opera by Celine Daemen about our tenuous relationship with the transitory nature of reality How does one relate to a world of things that are passing? Are we a part of it? Or are we just looking at it? And what about the body – is it something that we are or that we have? There is an ambivalence here that prompts the question: could this be the origin of all melancholy? In Songs for a Passerby you will autonomously walk through a musical dreamscape shown in a VR headset. You are following your own 3D mirror image and on the way you will pass by various scenes: a dying horse, a choir of murmuring people, two playing dogs. Songs for a Passerby is a meditative quest that allows you to step outside reality for a moment and look at yourself. As a puppeteer of your own body you will be entering a poetic space where the melancholy question arises: is this me passing by moments, or is it rather the moments passing by me? Director Celine Daemen: "By placing spectators outside themselves and showing them the contours of their own 'self' through capture with live 3D cameras, I aim to create an experience that touches on a familiar sense of melancholy, wherein we are no longer at one with the world, but in some ways are opposite to it. As the poet Reiner Maria Rilke wrote: "Dieses heißt Schicksal: gegenüber sein und nichts als das und immer gegenüber". ("This is what fate means: to be opposite, and to be that and nothing else, opposite, forever.") In Songs for a Passerby I have attempted to create an experience that investigates the connection between the physical and the metaphysical world. You are both a body that is moving through space and a mind that is looking at it. While the unavoidable passing of time makes itself manifest to you, all past moments will remain present, entering into a simultaneous existence. You are both in the world and simultaneously outside it."

Main Category: Short · Virtual Reality (VR)
Expected Completion: August 2023
Original Film Title: Songs for a Passerby
English Film Title: Songs for a Passerby
Production Year: 2023
Running Time: 25
Director: Celine Daemen
Filmography Director: Celine Daemen: EURYDICE, A DESCENT INTO INFINITY (2022, VR), NOWHERE (2021, VR), MONOLOGUES FOR NOTHING (2021, VR), THE OPERA OF THE FALLING (2019, VR).
Main Production Company: Silbersee
Main Production - Person(s): Nicky de Groot
Main Production Company E-mail: nickydegroot@gmail.com
Main Production Company Website: www.silbersee.com
Co-production company: Muziekgebouw Productiehuis · Studio Nergens · Via Zuid
Sales Agent: Silbersee
Sales Agent E-mail: jimmypierredegraaf@silbersee.com