By Clea House
Madrid, Jun 23 (efe-epa).- Puccini’s Crisantemi’s restless and mournful melody fills the Liceu Opera Theater in Barcelona.
But there are no mask-clad audience members sitting in the opulent red velvet seats.
Instead, 2,292 potted plants are serenaded by a string quartet on Monday evening.
Eugenio Ampudia, the artist behind the unusual concerto, tells Efe the concept was inspired by his experience of a nearly three-month, strict lockdown and the need to revise his relationship with nature.
“It is an action charged with symbolism. What I wanted to explain through it was that our relationship with nature needs to change,” he adds.
In Concert for the Biocene man becomes a voyeur of an event that places the natural world center stage while also calling into question our relationship with public spaces.
“What is important is that we used to have an anthropocentric view of the world and that we were the center of the world and things unfolded around us and we changed them and that does not work at all,” the artist explains.
“There has to be a clear and equal interspecies relationship.
“We cannot think of ourselves as being alone on this planet nor can we think that we can dominate nature.”