Longplayer première in Amsterdam

June 7th, 2018 

Please join us at the 2018 Holland Festival, where we are co-sponsoring an installation of Jem Finer’s Longplayer, a cyclical composition that lasts 1000 years.

Longplayer is composed in such a way that its music changes from day to day and – though it is beyond the reach of any one person’s experience – from century to century. It works in a way somewhat akin to a system of planets, which are aligned only once every thousand years, and whose orbits meanwhile move in and out of phase with each other. The movements of the composition are calculable, but are occurring on a scale so vast as to be all but unknowable.

DATE: June 7 to July 1, 2018
TIME: thu – sat 3:00 PM – 00:00, sun – wed 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
COST: Free entrance, reservation by phone is required: +31-(0)20 – 523 77 87 (Mon/Sat 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
LOCATION: Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy

Longplayer started playing on 31 December 1999 at midnight and will continue (never repeating) until 31 December 2999. In Amsterdam, this long-durational piece will sound in the tower of the historic Lloyd Hotel. One person at a time may enter the tower every 30 minutes to experience her/his own unique fragment of 1000 years, with a 360 degree view of the city: an intimate encounter that invites participants to reflect on the spaciousness of time and life.

In addition to the 30-minute time slots, there will be an opening reception and sneak peek/listen on Thursday 07 June from 15:00 to 16:00 on the 6th floor of the Lloyd Hotel. No RSVP is necessary.

More information about the project and reservations are here.

This project was curated by Slow Research Lab, and produced in partnership with the Lloyd Hotel, Holland Festival, and STEIM.