The Structures of Nature

by Martin Gerigk


Original TitleThe Structures of Nature
DirectorMartin Gerigk
Duration18:39 min

About the director

Martin Gerigk (*1972) is a composer of contemporary music. His repertoire includes compositions for orchestra and chamber music, as well as several solo concertos. In addition to his compositional work he is known for his remarkable audiovisual art. In 2007 he was engaged as „Composer in Residence“ of the Orchestra of Hagen. The commissioned work „Backlights“ was broadcasted in the WDR radio. His compositions are performed nationally and internationally including in Korea, Japan, USA, England, Finland, Austria and Switzerland.
In addition to his work as a composer Martin Gerigk is also in demand as an arranger of orchestral and chamber music of different eras. In this context he works together with renowned international soloists and ensembles, like Vilde Frang, the Fauré Quartet or the Mandelring Quartet.


„Structures of Nature“ is an audiovisual journey through the inner worlds of experiences in the form of a three-part interaction between four narrators, twelve violoncellos, emergent sound events and rhythmicized synaesthetic video sequences. A symbiosis of visual processes as well as natural and artificial sounds created from human speech and string instruments.

Images, music, speech and sounds are commensurate compositional elements that lead the viewer through various micro- and macroscopic structures of nature in a literal and transcendent sense, making them sensuous to the eye and ear.

„Structures of Nature“ shows different facets of the cosmos like chemical creations, sociological and physical principles of form, and also mathematical formulas as symbols for uncompromising order or one ́s radical suicide for the benefit of the community. The work includes creation and destruction, as well as insect and natural sounds generated from human speech, symbolizing the expression of a swarm-like emergence, the inner conflict beyond time and space in the form of a letter written in futility or even the direct poetry of physical perception.


Director of Photography, Music, Concept and Editing: Martin Gerigk / Narrators: Isabelle Freymond, Stefan Liebermann, Regula Weil, Philipp Zdebel / Audio Recording: Klaus Korte, Ulrich Künzle / Cello I-XII: Katrin Geelvink

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