Farewell to Overhead

Dead-Media-Performance (gemeinsam mit Johannes Grenzfurthner/monochrom)
Ein Tribut an den Overhead Projektor. A Tribute to the overhead projector.

The Art of Overhead-Festival
Basement
Enghavevej 42, DK - Copenhagen
01. 10. 2005, 23 Uhr

monochroms Taugshow #9
dietheater konzerthaus
Lothringerstrasse 20, A - 1030 Wien
20. 12. 2006, 20 Uhr

directed and performed by: Oliver Hangl, Johannes Grenzfurthner
soundtrack: Hangl/Grenzfurthner/Kertal/Schneider
duration: 12 min. (2 x 6 min.)



Austrian performance artists Oliver Hangl and Johannes Grenzfurthner, frontman of artist group 'monochrom' team up for a short pop-performance paying tribute to a dying media. Each of them well equipped with an overhead machine, they sing the praises to an apparatus standing for knowledge and harmony, visualizing its possible uses and abuses in the past and the future – a crispy pop song depicting the magic and loss, mixing nostalgia, individual memories and – last but somewhat ambiguous farewell to the overhead!

Farewell to the Overhead (lyrics)

When I was a little boy going to school everybody had this thing in use
It told us about history it told us of democracy it told us about how this world would be

Mostly you were stored aside you stood there dreamingly and sighed
You did not even look too good but everything was understood
Your apparatusness did shine you waited humble and offline
But then they switched you on and went on to some things to understand

Photosynthesis and foreign places Penis and vagina, USA and Canada
Overhead was were it all was at was were it all was

Overhead you really drove us mad you haven't been too bad on the walls we read
What they want to teach what they want to preach it's over... woe, woe, woe, woe

Now you are dead media looked up on wikipedia not even danish ebay nerds do care But in this world of powerpoint I miss you so my dear old Freund...
Overhead is why my mind's so sad
Urbanization, overpopulation the origins of life, 1945 Overhead was where it all was at Where it all was...

Overhead you really drove us mad you haven't been too bad on the walls we read
What they want to teach what they want to preach it's over, it's over
Overhead, I can't believe you're dead is there a chance to get you back again tonite
To shed your light!