by Matthew Collings and Jules Rawlinson
Produced by Magnetic North
A Requiem for Edward Snowden is a new audio-visual performance work created by composer Matthew Collings and multi-media artist Jules Rawlinson. The music is performed live by four musicians against a background of video projections created live and incorporating images from on-stage cameras, stock footage and hacked documents. It was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 as part of Made in Scotland - a programme which showcases the best Scottish work to audiences and promoters from around the world.
Described by its creators as a ‘digital opera’, it is based around the actions and decisions of whistleblower Edward Snowden. It focuses on themes which are extremely relevant to how we live in the 21st century: loss of faith and security, the hacking of digital media, invasion of privacy and personal sacrifice. Snowden’s revelations have shown that we live in a world where we are totally reliant not just on electronic communication, but on daily routines in which our privacy is routinely compromised. The phones that we carry with us in our pockets not only keep us connected to the world, but also allow others to delve into our most personal data. A Requiem for Edward Snowden explores the consequences of this through a combination of electronic sound, acoustic instrumentation and live visuals in a 50 minute-long performance.
A Requiem for Edward Snowden was developed with a Creative Scotland Artist’s Bursary and in collaboration with New Media Scotland and Edinburgh College of Art. It premiered in October 2014 at Edinburgh's Reid Concert Hall. It played at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made In Scotland showcase, and has also been performed in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Holland.