Shadows in high fidelity

Screening of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”, with live music by Xelar, within the framework of the LABshop Spring 2015 Market

10 May 2015

History has misunderstood the relationship between image and sound. Cinema was never silent. From the beginning, moving images were accompanied by orchestras or pianos that provided sound to the comings and goings of actors and scenes on the screen.

Shadows in high fidelity recovers this first experience through live music linked, in this case, to The Adventures of Prince Achmed, by Lotte Reininger, a German film from 1926, considered one of the oldest surviving animated feature films.

The Adventures of Prince Achmedis a silhouette animation film developed by Reiniger from a set of cardboard cutouts and lead sheets under a camera. It was originally colored, as is the case with many of the films that are known today in black and white. Loosely inspired by One Thousand and One Nights, the adventures of the figures that parade across the screen have a fantastic character but are in no way childish.

“On the day when the birthday of the great Caliph is celebrated in the city, the powerful sorcerer appears and presents his miraculous work: a horse that can fly through the air…”

Xelar was born as a project in 2010, the year in which he digitally self-published his first work titled Un. In 2011 he sees the light of Mayu. In both cases Xelar develops ambient and minimalist lines inspired by Asturian landscapes. In December 2011 he presented Trabayos en progresu, a compilation of his latest demos. He is currently participating in an artistic residency at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial.

Projection:The Adventures of Prince Achmed(Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed), 1926. 65′
Music performed by:Xelar