# About «Opera Calling»


«Opera Calling»
is an artistic intervention into the cultural system of the Zurich Opera. By means of a audio-bug placed within the auditorium of the local opera house, the outside public is given access to the performances on stage. The performances are retransmitted to the public not through broadcasting, but by telephoning each person in Zurich individually.

«Opera Calling» is the first of three parts of a six-month-long exhibition at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich called «appropriate – manipulate – feed back!». It stands for the «appropriate»-part so to speak. It’s main aim is to explore the usefulness of <hacking> as an artistic strategy of redirection and criticism.

«Opera Calling» is a project by !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Sven König

«Opera Calling» Video

Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss
Telephone Call - Sunday, 25th of March 2007, 16:28:52

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Friday, March 09 2007, 7 p.m.
Opening and debut performance «Opera Calling» featuring «La Bohème», an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini
Exhibition lasts till May 02 2007, Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich.



The very bug that was found by the Opera Zurich!


Press Coverage

  • Oper frei Haus Wochenzeitung, goeldin@bitnik.org - latest member of bitnik, 10.05.07
  • Hack dich in die Oper! Der Standard, Wien 03.05.2007
  • Arien für alle! Netculture - oe1.ORF.at - by Felix Stalder, 02.05.07
  • Arien für alle... Bitnik und Sven König hacken das Opernhaus Zürich. clickhere.ch - verena kuni - 10.04.2007
  • Furtherfield Review by Maria X - 10.4.2007
  • Video "A Hack A Day I": Radio Free Opera kultpavillonblog, 04.04.2007
  • Das Zürcher Opernhaus wird illegal abgehört Codex Flores, 16.03.2007
  • Künstlerischer Lauschangriff auf Opernhaus Zürich Der Standard, Wien 15.03.2007
  • Opern-Wanzen: Zwei von drei aufgespürt 20min, 15.3.07
  • Kulturplatz - SF.TV Swiss National TV - 14.3.07
  • 10vor10 - Swiss National TV News Cultural Pirates sice the Zurich Opera, 14.3.07
  • Abt. Hello, this is Opera, how can I help you? infam.antville.org, 14.3.2007
  • Hirnblut :: Elenchos 13.03.2007
  • Radio DRS - Regionaljournal MP3, Swiss German Interview [00:02:20], 14.3.07
  • opera calling Homemade-Labor - 13.3.07
  • Rebell.TV Podcast - Radio, 12.3.07
  • Opernhaus droht Cabaret Voltaire Kulturblog.ch, 13.3.07
  • Cabaret Voltaire kitzelt Opernhaus DIGITAL BRAINSTORMING - 13.03.07
  • Künstler mit Wanzen – bei Anruf Oper 20min - 12.03.07
  • Bohème, gehackt Züritipp - 07.03.2007

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