Live feature performance from the chamber music hall in Deutschlandfunk by Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez, music by Raffael Seyfried.
With: Nieves de la Fuente Gutiérrez , Claudia Mischte, Kerstin Fischer, Daniel Berger, Jean-Paul Back, Ilse Strambowski, Susanne Flury, Volker Niederfahrenhorst, Carlos Lobo & Robert Dölle
Sound technicians: Christoph Rieseberg, Daniel Dietmann
Director: Anna Panknin and Hanna Steger
A village transformed by mining in the midst of a hostile landscape: using virtual reality and sound, Nieves de la Fuente plays with the image of a place in between sci-fi and the documentary, industrialization and nature or auto-induced alien-ess.
The Andalusian village of Minas de Riotinto differs from all the other villages in the area, as mining has been practiced here for almost 5,000 years. The village was already completely demolished once and moved to another location, due to the importance of the extracted metals. Today, almost all the old mines have closed, but in 2016, one of them was put back into operation because of the commodity prices' rising.
The ongoing exploitation of the soil has created an empty, barren, red-colored landscape around Minas de Riotinto. "Mars landing in Riotinto" traces this development on a "red river" (Riotinto) - with the help of the people who live there and have participated in it. On the other hand, the artist shows us in this feature that nature does not give up her territory without a fight...
At the Cologne Congress 2018, the author will present a VR and sound installation for the audio track of the feature, live in the Deutschlandfunk Chamber Music Hall and in the Deutschlandfunk radio program. The production is based on an artistic installation "No habrá servicio los domingos ni en cumpleaños de la Reina Victoria".