The idea for this piece came out of work on god good luck for Ensemble Klang.
Dodona is an installation for fan, microphone, sound and video projection based on surviving questions submitted to the ancient oracle at Dodona in north-west Greece. This was an ancient wind oracle which gave answers through the priestess and priests interpretation of the rustling of the leaves of an oak tree. The queries, mostly of a personal nature, would range from whether one should act to change a particular situation: marriage, job opportunities, health, travel, money, to questions about suspected crimes, trustworthiness of siblings and even slave ownership. In the piece, the questions are encoded in music on one side of the projection and then answered on the otherside by ‘fake’ wind sound created by a fan on a microphone. This sound is put through a computer algorithm and converted to text.
This work was first presented at Rum46 in Aarhus as part of the SPOR Festival in May 2013.