“Their magnum opus. It is spectacular and sublime.”
Being part of Laibach’s latest release “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and Saup’s cycle “1001 SUNS“, “VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG” sets the stage for the last days of Earth’s atmosphere.
In early 1945, Werner Heisenberg’s nuclear reactor experiment B8 in the plutonic cave of Haigerloch ignites an iconic setup: 664 uranium cubes on chains longing for criticality while hovering over the reactor pool filled with heavy water.
Right above the rock of the cave rests a church: as it turns out, the son of god on the cross is hovering over the heavy waters from the reactor pool right below, a transmutation of Genesis 1-2, where the spirit of god is hovering over the waters.
The name of the church is Trinity, just like the code name of the first atomic bomb, that detonated a few months later in New Mexico in an effort to supersede Heisenberg’s effort believing whoever had the bomb first would win the war; as a final result irreversibly transforming the atmosphere into the atomsphere.
Filmed on the “Day of the Sun”, a public holiday in nuclear North Korea, where Laibach became the first-ever Western rock group to perform, Nietzsche’s expectation of the “abyss of light” is put into new enigmatic context, where humankind, through the application and “mastery” of atomic processes, begins to create a new planetary environment through the transmutation of elements and minds:
the epoch of the nuclear Übermensch breeded in the Untergrund cave, where Heisenberg and his colleagues created humanity’s first-ever cave painting with radioisotopes on the canvas of time. Time, the destroyer of worlds, that froze in the land of the rising sun on an early summer morning.
Video directed by MICHAEL SAUP
Produced by ANDREAS ERHART
Co-produced by TRAMAL FILMS, Ljubljana
Green screen filming by ANTITALENT, Zagreb
RAVEN, ROSA-LEE, ROBIN & MOONIE
REAL ART ESTATE
LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY
HAIGERLOCH ATOMIC CAVE
released on Mute records on 14 July 2017