Throne of Blood

Shu Lea Cheang
Frankfurt, June 3, 2008, 19:30 - 19:50

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Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" (1957) based on Macbeth was originally titled "SpiderWeb Castle" - tales of ambition ridden lord Washizu (played by Toshiro Mifune) and his vicious lady (played by Isuzu Yamada) set in medieval Japan. Lord Washizu was driven to his downfall following an encounter with a witch in the SpiderWeb forest. " You will never lose a single battle, unless the spider web forest begins to move and approaches the castle." advises the witch to the bewildered Washizu. What follows is the classical plot of betrayal schemes that lead to the final insurgence of Washizu's own archers while the revenging troops marching with tree branches as camouflage towards the castle.

Take off from the final scene of "Throne of Blood", I propose a project "moving forest" . The SpiderWeb forest transformed into the deep web forest. The revolt arrives from within. The central power is the imaginary one. The oppositon is AMONG us. The central is AMONG us. Moving forest of today is a forest of wifi transmitter fed on public wireless, moving within the city jungle towards a power deprived central. Moving forest is to be developed as a (global) citywide wifi mobile operatic manoeuver sound event,
orchestrated yet asynchronized.