Today in Argentina it is a national holiday as the country celebrates it's Independence Day.
It seems a good moment to become a little nostalgic and share a gathering of information about an opera performed in 1998 called "El Hecho" (The Fact) that Oscar Edelstein wrote and dedicated to the enigmatic composer Juan Carlos Paz. The opera took a score that Paz mysteriously wrote only months prior to his death. Edelstein created an opera around this enigmatic moment in an attempt to try and explain what could have been the motives of Paz.
The opera was extremely well received and performed in both Spanish and in Portuguese.
It was a poetic look at the both rational and irrational sides of the creative process, and also a warning about what happens when overly academic strands try to overtake the poetic.
Edelstein says “I was interested in the moment when Paz chose, instead of the precise path, the labyrinth. I wanted to create from that act, from that “fact.”
As with much of Edelstein's work, he is fascinated by the lines between the poetic and the academic, between art and technology. This motivation was behind his work El Telescopio: ópera de máquinas furiosas; pasión y verdad (The Telescope: Opera of Furious Machines, Passion and Truth) as early as in 1994, leading to him being the youngest winner of the prestigious Antorchas Prize for outstanding artists; and it continues to inspire his collaborative work with colleagues such as the physicist, Manuel Eguía (Associate Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes in Buenos Aires and a member of CONICET, National Science Council) whose background is in Complex Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics and Theoretical Neuroscience.
The fascinating work of Edelstein and Eguía on amongst other projects, the research programme "Acoustic Theatre" and in LAPSO (Laboratory of Acoustics and Sound Perception), follows these intriguing intersections between arts and sciences that in poetic form were traced in "El Hecho."