Gedicht einer Zelle (Poem of a Cell) – Information


Stefan Winter
Gedicht einer Zelle (Poem of a Cell) — 2017
Triptychon der Liebe und Ekstase (Triptych of Love and Ecstasy)

Sound- and 3-Channel-Video Installation

Winter combines sound art and music with visual worlds, thereby creating “Living Paintings”. At the heart is the woman, embodied by the artist Noriko Kura. Works by Pontormo, Michelangelo, Rosso Fiorentino, as well as images of the inferno, the Wailing Wall, Kaaba, St Peter Cathedral, and the life of the cells brand on the female body.
Winter commissioned the composers Uri Caine, Fabio Nieder, Rajab Suleiman and Fumio Yasuda to create pieces out of fragments of the erotic love poems by the Shulammite (Song of Songs), Mechthild von Magedburg (The flowing Light of the Godhead) and Rabi’a al-Basri (Unity with the Divine). Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sounds and symbols work together and tell the story of woman, how it was, how it is, how it will be… All three poems are based on the theme which links Judaism, Christianity and Islam, bridging all their differences: love, ecstasy and, ultimately, the unification with the divine love.
The artist Noriko Kura is the center of this fantastic world of images. In the paradisaical key scene, she ascends the heavenly tower she created in order to attain the last, highest goal of all mysticism. She conquers all earthly obstacles, discards her fetters, in order to be united with the absolute.

Director of photograph: Gernot Aschoff, Assistant: Florian Epple
Sound engineer: Adrian von Ripka
Musicians: Alan Bern, Marco Blaauw, Joachim Badenhorst, Uri Caine Trio, Cecilia Gospel Choir, Exaudi Vocal Ensemble, Forma Antiqva Baroque Ensemble, Kettwiger Bach-Ensemble, Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble, Saada Nassor, Ernst Reijseger, Schlagquartett Köln, Rajab Suleiman, Barbara Walker, Fanny Winter, Fumio Yasuda
Voice over: Barbara Sukowa
Artist: Noriko Kura
Author and director: Stefan Winter
Producer: Mariko Takahashi

ZANZIBAR: STONE TOWN, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Old Fort of Zanzibar
July 16th, 2017, Sound and 3-Channel-Video Installation

SPAIN: SAN SEBASTIAN, Donostia Kultura, Zurriola Beach
July 20th, 2017, Sound and 3-Channel-Video Installation with live performance

ISRAEL: HAIFA, Head, School of the Arts, Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa
October 16th through 19th, 2017, Sound- and 3-Channel-Video Installation
October 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2017, Sound and 3-Channel-Video Installation with live performance
October 25th 2017, Sound and 3-Channel-Video Installation

GERMANY: MUNICH, Kunsthalle-Rathausgalerie
November 9th thought 25th, 2017, Sound and 3-Channel-Video Installation, Live-Performance

FRANCE: BORDEAUX, Musiques de Nuit
dates not yet decided

TURKEY: ISTANBUL, Bahcesehir Universität
dates not yet decided

GERMANY: WITTEN, Märkisches Museum
dates not yet decided