Cabin Fever is a durational audiovisual artwork by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz that explores vulnerability and dreaming. Composed for an ensemble of voices, domestic sounds and Zoom, Cabin Fever explores the sonic potential of the digital space, creatively playing with the latency and parameters of the technology whilst travelling around the world and featuring singers from over 80 different countries.
We hear new languages as the artwork leads us on a journey across the world visiting dreamers as they sleep. Singers’ voices hover at the edge of distortion, as familiar noises from our homes join in the performance.
As the baton is passed between singers, new colour’s emerge as each person manually covers their home computer cameras with different everyday items to create a mosaic of colour. Each colour spectrum represents a different group of singers as each computer’s camera reacts to lighting states and also the materiality of the objects selected from each participant's home. Although we hear the singers’ voices, we never see them. Each group of singers share one dream before the next group takes over.
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Artistic Concept, Music & Libretto: Esmeralda Conde Ruiz
Performers: Adel Alabd, Vicky Annand, Nicholas Balstone, Everton L de Barros, Ellen Bolger, Alison Buckley, Madeleine Buckley, Nick Buckley, Jane Bugnosen, Belinda Calaguas, Christiane, Claudia, Andrew Diamond, Belen Duran, Alison Furnham, Allan Gardam, Noriko Gregory, Jonathan Hammonds, William Hammonds, Harper, Paul Harrington-Moore, Simon Hearn, Jane Higginbottom, Jill Hummerstone, Denis Khomyshin, Candis Litsey, Janie Lucchese, Ciara McCarthy, Sarah Mercer, Alison Monaghan, Javier Navarro, James Naylor, Nina, Olivia, Perseus O'Brien, Erik Ostwald, Edenia Padayao, Averil Pooten Watan, Ruby, Vivienne Sayers, Ulrike Siemann, Patrick Trench, Mark Sapaen Watan.
Producer: Eira Szadurski
Visual Identity and Design: Nina Jua Klein Studios
Film Editor: Sam Williams
Mastering: Marco Caricola
Dreams and Libretto support from: UCL Lockdown Dreams: Jake Clwyd Roberts, Sleep and Dream Database: Kelly Bulkeley, Pandemic Dreams Archive: Fabiane M. Borges, Livia Diniz, Deirdre Leigh Barrett, Syokay Mutonga, Levi Wataka, Amrita Ghosh, E Ensemble and the Cabin Fever Team.
With thanks to: Chloe Richardson, Karen Sutton, Prof. Gunter Berger, Maria Judge, Andy Ingamells, Klara Schneider, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Anne Tallentire, William Hammonds, Anne Tanaka, Barbara Morgentern & Chor der Kulturen der Welt, Javier Ruiz & Avoces Choir, James Naylor & Walthamstow Voice Community Choir, Levi Wataka, Jennifer Tham, Yoshimi Gregory, Yasuno Miyauchi, Chizuru Matsumoto, Jono Palmer, Oliver Warren, Nina Jua Klein, Simon Wilson, Angharad Cooper, Alison Furnham, Sarah Richards, Elaine Gibson-Bolton, Andre Cobb, Edward Smith, Claudia Kramer, Hannah Maley, Ilka Handreg, Kristina Kramer, Linus Bickmann, Georgina Riel-Waabishki Mukwa Kwe, Vasiliy Knyazev and the Kamchatka Philharmonic Choir, Pedro Portellano, Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria, Natalia Salazar & the RAYO team, Adrienne Wong, Michael Wheeler, Margaret Evan & the FOLDA team, Liat Rosenthal, Jessye Bloomfield, Pete Triggs and the Tate Modern team and everyone who shared dreams online.