The 80*81 Findings, 2081

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez
July 6, 2011

The 80*81 Findings, 2081, 2011

Six-hour opera

 

We had this hazy suspicion that the years 1980 and 1981 witnessed a paradigm shift so profound as to restructure the cultural, political and economic landscape, leaving us the pieces to pick up and fill in today. What started as a play with disused information transmuted into a narrative and finally became real. First it was just a guess, now we know. 

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez

 

Photo © the artists

The 80*81 Findings, 2081, 2011

Six-hour opera

 

We had this hazy suspicion that the years 1980 and 1981 witnessed a paradigm shift so profound as to restructure the cultural, political and economic landscape, leaving us the pieces to pick up and fill in today. What started as a play with disused information transmuted into a narrative and finally became real. First it was just a guess, now we know. 

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez

 

Photo © the artists

The 80*81 Findings, 2081, 2011

Six-hour opera

 

We had this hazy suspicion that the years 1980 and 1981 witnessed a paradigm shift so profound as to restructure the cultural, political and economic landscape, leaving us the pieces to pick up and fill in today. What started as a play with disused information transmuted into a narrative and finally became real. First it was just a guess, now we know. 

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez

 

Photo © the artists

The 80*81 Findings, 2081, 2011

Six-hour opera

 

We had this hazy suspicion that the years 1980 and 1981 witnessed a paradigm shift so profound as to restructure the cultural, political and economic landscape, leaving us the pieces to pick up and fill in today. What started as a play with disused information transmuted into a narrative and finally became real. First it was just a guess, now we know. 

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez

 

Photo © the artists

The 80*81 Findings, 2081, 2011

Six-hour opera

 

We had this hazy suspicion that the years 1980 and 1981 witnessed a paradigm shift so profound as to restructure the cultural, political and economic landscape, leaving us the pieces to pick up and fill in today. What started as a play with disused information transmuted into a narrative and finally became real. First it was just a guess, now we know. 

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez

 

Photo © the artists

The 80*81 Findings, 2081

Christopher Roth and Georg Diez
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
July 6, 2011
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Roth’s major research project with Georg Diez, 80*81, sought to reconstruct events in the period from January 1980 to December 1981 as evidence of important paradigmatic cultural and historical shifts. These were chronicled in thirteen books and presented at elaborately staged congresses in Berlin, New Delhi, São Paulo, Johannesburg, and theater performances in Hamburg, New York, and Zurich. In an additional volume, 2081, the authors constructed a future that, in turn, looked back to their 80*81 project as paradigmatic.

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