On 5th October 2012  Fotolia presents HERMES THE MOBILE OPERA IN FOUR ACTS by Karl Heinz Jeron with an opening reception and performance at fotoliaLAB in Berlin.

The inspiration for this art project is a common phenomenon: Since almost everyone is in possession of a mobile phone, telephone conversations not only take place at home, but can be heard by many, often unintentionally. Not even Hermes, the God of the Rhetoric, could stop this shift of private communication into public space. Despite – or perhaps because of this – he is the ideal namesake for this very special opera.

For many years, the artist Karl Heinz Jeron could only shake his head while listening to the meaningless telephone conversations of his fellow travelers on public transport. Some months ago, he decided to start taking notes. The captured phone conversations are snippets from everyday situations, which Jeron has translated into four acts.  Not only an unusual idea, it also involves unusual protagonists: Small, singing robots – two soloists and a choir. The musical version of the digitized texts are results of a collaboration with composers Robert Jähnert and Christian Rentschler.

In order to make “Hermes” possible, Fotolia employees slipped into the roles of creative stage designers. They searched Fotolia’s comprehensive microstock image database for images relating to such concepts as I, NOTHING, SEX, BLAME or GOD, which are projected during the performance, and serve as the backdrop of the opera.


Event announcement:
Time: Opening with performance: 05 October 2012, 8pm

Closing with performance 25th November 2012, 8pm
Location: fotoliaLAB – Lychener Straße 74, 10437 Berlin
Exhibition: 5th October to 25 November 2012
Opening times: Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and by appointment

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About fotoliaLAB
fotoliaLAB is an event and exhibition space for art-related works from the more than 18 million files that can be found on Fotolia’s comprehensive microstock image bank. Visitors to the gallery will discover extraordinary works by international artists. Fotolia regularly presents  new exhibitions of exceptional photographers and their images.