Abstract

This work of art is a musically composed performance for violin, cello, 4 performers and solo artist. It is deeply influenced by the philsophy of the Gesamtkunstwerk; a total work of art, where music, theater, word elements and philosophy all work together with the purpose of being subserviant to a common goal. Thus it is not one artistic discipline that initiates the process of creating, but it’s a mixture of all the artistic disciplines involved. Therefore while creating the piece everything has been taken into consideration with the goal of making the hierarchy among the elements equally important. This does not mean, that the elements in the performance situation always will interact on the same level of significance; on the contrary, there will be a continuous shift in importance and focus – a constant change in the hierarchy between the elements. Sometimes it will be more of a theatre performance, sometimes more of a musical concert, sometimes it will accentuate the literary text, and the next moment it will be with emphasis on a video sequence or the visual aspect of the stage design. Hence the performance will be moving between different elements, continuously creating new hierarchical relationships. Transformation is therefore one of the most important dramaturgical devices in the process of creating the composition. 

The piece is called ”Artificial Existense – I think, therefore I am”, and it is based upon a statement by WHO (World Health Organisation) that ”Depression is the leading cause of disabilities, world wide, and it is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease”1 Thus this is the thematic issue, that all the involved artistic disciplines are subserviant to, and it is thereby their sole function to support the mediation of this thematic and artistic debate. The purpose  of this thesis is to shed light on, discuss and reflect upon the process of making the puzzle of all the artistic disciplines fall into place – with the aforementioned thematic issue as the common goal.