The installation Terra ultima, a limit land, introduces the image of a fantastic North – the limit of the human world, beyond which the subject enters the wilderness of the unknown; a limit of nature, where nature, facing an unimaginable future, emerges from its course. A space of rupture where bodies rise.
Poem about rupture and coincidence, about obsession.
The visual philosophical poem Terra ultima is an experimental intermedia installation, including photographic, video and digital formats, developed by Boyan Manchev in collaboration with Ani Vaseva, Stefan Donchev, strx and Ivan Nikolov, united by the conceptual line of Boyan Manchev’s philosophical poem “The Virtuoso of Life”.
Boyan Manchev’s philosophical poem “The Virtuoso of Life” will be presented on the opening day of Terra ultima in four language versions – in Bulgarian, French, German and English, with the participation of the actors Leonid Yovchev and Marcus Reinhardt.
“The Virtuoso of Life” is a poem about the limit – about Terra ultima. It introduces the images of the North – the stone and the dunes, the starlings and the stars, the colours of the Northern Lights – as the images of the limit of the world, but also of a limit world. Virtuoso’s question is the question of the limit as a form of existence: an existence that exceeds its boundary. The limit as radical autonomy and as the limit of autonomy. Within this limit the Subject meets the unimaginable other, experiences it, sinks into its erogenous relief. Within this limit, the elements themselves insurge as subjects-virtuosos.
The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982), who passed away ten days after his fiftieth birthday, and who was obsessed with the North; the ultimate Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, the author of the Metamorphoses, who mourned his fate in the forgotten paradise of Terra ultima, where time itself had frozen; Dr. Frankenstein’ Monster, assembled of dead bodies and animated by an electric impulse, the Monster who left the world on an iceberg in the Arctic Ocean, are the fictional characters composing the constellation of “The Virtuoso of Life”.
This installation has been realised by Metheor with the support of the National Culture Fund and is part of Tempus Fugit, a joint project of Metheor, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria and Institut Français in Bulgaria within the framework of the Franco-German Cultural Fund.