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Stephen Chen ‘Stille Stadt’


Experimental feature which inverts the city symphony form and depicts the state of contemporary urbanity through an Everyman on the verge of a mid-life crisis, who goes through his life of routine both stricken and sustained by opera arias which stand in for his thoughts and emotions that only he (and the audience) can hear. An allegory of modern existence that blends the real with surreal to explore how urban dwellers lose their connection with the environment, people, and praxis; and the suppression and containment of those lost connections by consumerism, distraction, and interiorization.


Stephen Chen is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist, having been an avant-garde concert pianist, fine-art photographer, filmmaker, performance artist, poet, composer and opera singer. His work often draws upon his diverse skills as well as his investigations in form and social concerns.

Stephen Chen 'Stille Stadt' (Silent City)Canada 2015 1:50:05

Image/Sound: HD 1080P / Color / Stereo