The Key To Time, Scene 11 "The Time Song"
The Key To Time (a.k.a. Shape Of Things To Come) by media artist/filmmaker Roderick Coover and composer Krzysztof Wolek is an immersive, cinematic art experience designed for immersive cinematic experiences like 360 cinemas, CAVES, domes and VR Headsets. The work explores contemporary theories of time, simultaneity, rhizomes, environmental catastrophe and quantum physics through visual and musical expressions of time-space models, technological time-devices and human conditions of time like longing, waiting and decay. The operatic work bridges 1920s silent cinema and virtual reality. The surreal narrative criss-crosses time and addresses how historic choices echo in troubled landscapes of the past, present and future.
The work has elements of surrealism and opera, and the scenes are driven by song, sound and dream-like narrative sequencing. When Anna and Tanek were young lovers, an accident involving a time-travel machine prototype and Anna’s strange glass hand propelled Tanek into the future at the end of time. Floods and contamination have led to wars, and new war technologies threaten to destroy the world. With no other means to travel, he can only reach Anna through dreams. But his plans go awry, and he arrives in a parallel universe in which his doppelgänger is trying to use Anna’s powers for his own gain.
The 45 minute work is in English with subtitling available in French.