Here in your brain – a study excerpt for opera,
LUMINARIUM (2017–, work in progress)

2017 Contemporary Performance Institute Fellows
Amber Evans, Soprano / Yvonne Chen, Piano

Music by Dongryul Lee
Libretto by Nathan Christensen
based on the original novel, LUMINARIUM by Alexander Shakar

Here in your brain,
The parietal lobes
Are working and working,
Working and working
To orient yourself within physical space,
To know where you are
And where you are not,
To know where you end
And everything else begins.

But we have applied
Electromagnetic signals.
Electromagnetic signals
To block the sensory data.
Electromagnetic signals
To block the sensory data
That’s streaming into your brain