Space Opera

Sound and light sculpture

The point of departure for Space Opera is the science fiction film Contact in which a female scientist after years of searching and listening captures sounds from outer space. These sequences of sounds and codes are perceived as a language from an unknown entity wishing to make contact. Using this science fiction film, a vocabulary of manipulated sound passages are re-recorded with a human beatboxer into a new and abstract language. The soundtrack is played out in several sequences together with multiple lights: an algorithm prompts the coloured lights to switch on and off. Performed through the beatboxer’s body and with resonance in the installation, Lislegaard’s Space Opera proposes hidden messages and future events. With the use of an alternative vocabulary and sounds channelled through the body, the beatboxer voices the unknown.

Installation views: Spinning and Weaving, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2016