Thursday 2 September 2021 7:30PM

the then + the now = nowtime


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  • Elaine Mitchener vocalist

the then + the now = now time is an exploration of Walter Benjamin’s notion of Eingedenken – a historical consciousness in which the past is not understood and glorified as something closed and complete; a form of remembering that emphasises the past’s relentless presence. Against the mediating, conciliatory thrust of Erinnerung (memory), Eingedenken remains true to suffering in the past by refusing reconciliation with past wrongs.

Mitchener’s artistic work as a vocalist, movement artist and composer is permeated by the awareness of past and present forms of discrimination, post-colonial wounds and its effect on humanity. the then + the now = nowtime is an artistic quest to politicise the past, undoing and unsettling time and space, transforming notions of remembrance through performance.

Commissioned by MaerzMusik – Festival für Zeitfragen (2019)

Creative Team
Dam Van Huynh | Direction & Choreography
Antony Hateley | Original Lighting Design
Ben Marc | Studio Technician
Tommaso Petrolo | Production Assistance

  • Elaine Mitchener (b.1970)
      • the then + the now = now time