2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Unica Zürn (1916 - 1970), an icon of surrealism. As a femmage, the artists created a sound-art work that makes Zürn's unique artistic cosmos tangible in a fictional biography. Despite all resistance and tragedy, Zürn has created her highly complex and consistent work. The artist's reduction to her biography, her existence as a muses and the stigma of mental illness are here taken ad absurdum and thus resolved. In this sound comic, the artist transforms herself into a superhero: the snake woman. The emergence and passing away of anagrams is transformed into an acoustic experience, words become letters, letters become rhythm, fairy-tale like things become essay-like in sound worlds between madrigal and techno - a trip into the heart of surrealism.
CHOIR OF VOICES: Isabel Baloun, Raumschiff Engelmayr, Kristin Gruber, Lisa Kortschak, Klemens Lendl, Manu Mayr, Rania Moslam, Doris Müller, David Müller, Stephan Richter, Bernd Satzinger, Christian Schlechter, Christoph Stadler, Patrick Wurzwallner.
This sound comic is accompanied by the theater evening "Oracles and Spectacles. Ein Fest für Unica Zürn" in autumn 2020 in the Kabinetttheater Vienna and the publication "Das Spiel von der Einverleibung. Frei nach Unica Zürn" by Natascha Gangl, starfruit publications, 2020.