Paul Catanese, Hybrid Media Artist

Century of Progress / Sleep
2017 - Present | Cross-Disciplinary Opera



About: Century of Progress / Sleep is a cross-disciplinary opera for voice, electronics, musical saw, sea drum, ship's bell, tuning fork, and live-cinema scenography. This work imagines that inanimate objects, hyperobjects and hypothetical entities, having recently acquired consciousness, immediately reject rational systems for conceptualizing 'the nature of things ' and instead adopt an intellectual posture of epistemological chaos emerging from mutative half-truths, mischaracterizations of science, and lawless theories of knowledge. This variable-duration work navigates a geometric libretto — a terrain of texts — via electronically processed vocals that energize a plurality of software instruments resulting in a hypnotic, mirage-like soundscape.