Necromancy for Beginners 

 

Necromancy for Beginners is a hybrid multimedia exhibition performative music project led by Studio M.A.R.S. and composer Piyawhat Louilarppasert and Taceti Ensemble (Thailand) in collaboration with Thailand Music and Art Organization (TMAO).

 

The dead are not your tools

In both Asian and European storytelling traditions, the stories of spirits, ghosts and other worldly beings hold a strong importance in their culture. These stories, now often forgotten in the narratives of the contemporary world, will be re-explored and retold in a new immersive multimedia music project. 

 

Necromancy for Beginners aims to take the audience on a journey between the worlds of the living and the non-living. Proposed as a part concert, part exhibition, part seance, part Augmented Reality, part storytelling, part A.I, Necromancy for Beginners creates a new immersive stage that blends the traditional with the modern and explores how the digital realm can be seen as a metaphor for the spiritual realm and vice versa.

Inspired by the late 19th century trend of Seances, Necromancy for Beginners, hopes to take the audience on a journey between the worlds of the living and the non living.

 

The digital manifestation of absence

 

A series of ritualistic seances are performed by a small group of performers. 

These rituals are inspired by the ten rituals of “Khon reīyk p̄ hī” (คนเรียกผี) from Thai culture, ways that have deep similarities to European traditions of Necromancy. Each scene is designed to evoke the spirit of one ghost, mediated through a series of performative actions and narrative stories that are based upon characteristics of that ghost.

Each ghost is taken from either local Thai stories like Kuman Thong, Hun Phayon, Khwai Thanu Nang Tani, Phi Am and from characters of the Schwäbische Alemannische mythology, like the Schutting of Elzach, the Hooriger Bär of Poppelezunft Singen, Hopfenarr from Tettnang or the Schnarregagges of Kißleg.

When one is able to speak to the past, one is able to look into the future

 

Necromancy for Beginners is a new MR multimedia music theater that amalgamates artistic disciplines among contemporary music concert, performing arts, MR exhibition, immersive theatre with advanced digital technology. 

 

The goal of this production is to create a conversation and dialogue through the context of Thai superstitions, and characters taken from Swabian-Alemannic Fastnacht (South Germany) and the use of digital technology as a medium.