Hisatsinom, über das Verschwinden

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"Hisatsinom, a piece about vanishing" consists of 10 interconnected parts.

Subject: the disappearance or transformation of cultural codes, demonstrated by the end of the culture of the Hisatsinom (Anasazi) in the Four Corners District (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico & Arizona). The pieces who are given titles like "The End of Chaco", "Synchronised Minds", "Relation, Etappe der Beliebigkeit" (= Relation, stage of interchangeability), "Kollektive Halluzination" (= collective halluzination) or "Silence" touch such themes as the synchronisation of the individual, the disposal of natural barriers or functionalism in music.

Music: The music mainly consists of electronic elements or electronically modulated natural instruments, accompanied by live-electronics, violin and singing.

Video: Two videos are projected on three screens, differing in material and surface. While in a kind of slideshow projection 1 is focusing on almost motionless extreme close-ups of organic material (nature), projection 2/3 is showing text animations (by Dietmar Bruckmayr) and piece related pictures (Techne).

Contributors: Martha Breit (conservatoire diploma in violin, DJ, violin maker), Manu Pfaffenberger (Visual Artist, costume designer and singer), Dietmar Bruckmayr (performer, visual artist and Fascism researcher), David Eugene Edwards (composer, singer and guitarist of the US - folk-rockband 16 Horsepower), Wolfgang Dorninger (musician, composer and record label owner).

Starting point: the culture of the Hisatsinom. Chaco Canyon was the centre and record-office of the Hisatsinom's religious and esoteric knowledge. It also served as a calender for their ceremonies and rites. To express their cosmologic view of life the Hisatsinom oriented the building of their pueblos exactly towards the courses of the moon and the movements of the sun -a masterplan of a culture still unaquainted with writing. However, within two generations this very advanced civilization (800 b.c. - 1350 a.d.) collapsed and broke down. Until 1995 there had not existed any scientific finding to prove the culture's sudden termination. Thus, reasonable speculations about a "great draught" and stargate phantasies of X- File authors were being discussed side by side. The people of the Hisatsinom were headed by a priestlike society whose members functioned as gods' representatives on earth. The positions of the priests as embassadors of the gods was established due to their outstanding knowledge of astronomy, geometry and biology - a knowledge which enabled them to forecast the monsoon in the summer or rainfalls in winter. Consequently, the common Indian peasants regarded them as nothing but masters and rulers over nature. Very probably, the end of the priests' infallibility was caused by a climatic change in the middle of the 13th century. The attempts to appease the gods by building even greater structures and streets were thus doomed tu failure. The strong belief of the Hisatsinom society rapidly deminished, and in the south new creeds - such as the more "terrestrial and democratic" spirit of kachina - were tempting. The chains broke, the signs of supposed "gods" lost their power. A spiritual crisis with catastrophic effects caused the collapse of a highly advanced civilization. When the Hisatsinom abandoned their places they left everything behind and didn't keep anything of their old culture. It appears that they wanted to extinguish these signs for good. "Hisatsinom, a piece about vanishing" is based upon this story although the piece predominantly focuses on today's phenomenons of disappearance. Texts dealing with American topics are written in English, Europan themes are expressed in German. Translations are available on video.

Research: The publications "Ästhetik des Verschwindens" by Paul Virilio, Musik und Vergessen" by Daniel Charles (both published at Merve), "A Primary Architecture of the Chacoan Culture" by Anna Sofaer, "High Noon on Old Bonito" by Stein, Suiter and Ford, "The Prehistoric Pueblo World A.D. 1150 - 1350" by Michael A. Adler and "Social Strife May Have Exiled Ancient Indians" by Georg Johnson were more then only true companions to me and the piece.


released July 1, 2001

Wolfgang Dorninger (concept, lyrics, music, video)
Dietmar Bruckmayr (video, live video)
Martha Breit: violin
Manuela Pfaffenberger: vocals
David Eugene Edwards (Woven Hand): vocals

Artwork By – Alex Kellas
Composer, Electronics – Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger
Recorded By – Robert Ferbrache (tracks: 1, 3), Wolfgang Fadi Dorninger

The french cheese on front of the cover is a hommage to Dieter Roth.


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Track Name: The End Of Chaco
Voices From Chaco
(Wolfgang F. Dorninger)

The eternal links broke
The codes lost their power
A spiritual crises occured
Those who came before
Left their gigantic pueblos
A civilisation collapsed

Can you hear the voices of Chaco
Can you read the signs

Silence seized Chaco
A masterplan built of stone
Expressing their universal ideas
The absence of rain quickened the build
Of oversized pueblos and glorious streets
To appease the gods and call forth their blessings

Can you hear the voices of Chaco
Can you read the signs

Barren fields of corn - identity lost
The communion of fruit and rain delayed
The prophesized truths crumbled and shattered
The dread of gods punishment lost its effect
New vibrant earthy religions called them far south
The old empire's ideological slate was wiped clean

Can you hear the voices of Chaco
Can you read the signs
Track Name: Synchronized Minds
Synchronized Minds
(Wolfgang F. Dorninger)

Speak to eyes and people will follow
Light up the night for eternal delight
Move on, you are speed, already machine
Run by corporate dreams

No beginning, no end
no pain, no death

The high speed of motion forces absence
From channel to ad from channel to ad
Car windows turn into screens
Where reality mixes with unreal scenes

No beginning, no end
No morning, no day

Bizarre things get trite
and common facts excite
Promoting a 5 minute star scenery
In a world without memory

No beginning, no end,
No shadow, just light

Technology as metaphor for world
Promoted as senseful revolution
To free you from limits and confines of time
Living in the pearl light of divine

No beginning, no end
No mind, no love
Track Name: Silence

Twice a year
On thankesgiving and christmas day
The temples are closed
Timeout for corporate dreams
Single needs and tempting signs
No puls, no signs
In the temple of the $

(temples = Shopping malls...)
text projected through video

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