Dead City – interactive musical experience
The Dead City is an interactive experience referring to Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s opera about the fate of a Flemish city and its inhabitant living with the cult of memory of the past. In Krzysztof Grudziński’s version it is a city of the pandemic era, empty and lonely, but full of digital life. The poetic narration, based on the original libretto, is accompanied by singing, contemporary music and travestied elements of the original composition. The visual layer refers to graphic forms popular on the Internet – vaporwaves and gifs – and the aesthetics of independent video games.
Krzysztof Grudziński – director, screenwriter, producer of games, films and music videos (e.g. bAranovski, Agim, Natalia Nykiel), virtual production manager and narrator, professor at the Warsaw Film School. Winner of the Munk Studio programme “30 Minutes”, producer of the feature film Magdalena. Creator and producer of video games: Apocalipsis: Harry at the End of the World, Aida, This is the Zodiac Speaking, Barnfinders VR, Poopin. Nominated and awarded at KTR, YACH, ARS iNDEPENDENT, Fryderyki, Cinemaforum, Pixel Heaven festivals, among others. Finalist of the Papaya Young Directors competition.