kind of speculative-fictional interstellar novel
the visual album
The Visual Album is another seed of the theater production “Star Magnolia”, an Interstellarnovela by choreographer and performer Jeremy Nedd.
It consists of five tracks that are based on the thoughts of Octavia E. Butler’s “Earthseed. The Books of the Living”, a belief and thought system, which she developed in her two novels “The Parable of the Sower” and “The Parable of the Trickster” and which are taken and brought to after the year 2094.
The tracks take the notion of “Earthseed” to space and allow it to time-travel. They stay true to the understanding of humans and humanity as being seeds, which to grow must take root among the stars. The Visual Album gives glimpses in to the cosmos of both Octavia E. Butler and our future speculations. They open the imaginative field from a human-centered perspective to extra-terrestrial encounters. The images mingle and morph real people and places with images generated from an AI, which imagines what this new outer space ‑never “discovered” by NASA- would be.
The videos in the Visual Album were thought as seed-capsules to travel online, traverse the vast digital space across all boarders, appropriating advertisement spaces, business spaces, shopping spaces etc. – but all with no clear objective of selling or promoting anything, but rather to plant seeds for change in all territories.
Concept: Hayat Erdoğan, Juan Ferrari, Jeremy Nedd
“star magnolia” the visual album
director’s guide to star magnolia
A conversation between Jeremy Nedd (director) and Hayat Erdoğan (director of Theater Neumarkt).
visuals for “Star Magnolia” by Laura Knüsel: