Installation wizard Rirkrit Tiravanija transforms the Park Avenue Armory’s cavernous Wade Thompson Drill Hall into a simulated lunar viewing platform for the New York premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic 1991 electronic work Oktophonie. Audience members, who are asked to wear white, will recline on the floor of the hall as 24-channel timbres volley horizontally, vertically, and diagonally between eight speakers arranged as the corners of a cube. A screaming is only the beginning of what comes across the sky in this digital sequel to the New York Philharmonic’s brilliant architectural performance of Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras last year. Part slow, sublime rave, part minimalist light show, Oktophonie mirrors a cosmic confrontation of Lucifer with the archangel Michael in the Tuesday entry of Licht (Light), Stockhausen’s seven-day opera cycle.
Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 23, 4 p.m. Starts: March 20. Continues through March 27, 2013
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