The Oracle continued Station House Opera's tradition of expressing ideas through archetypes and drew on the concept that the life of 'the city' itself depends on invisible networks of pipes, tubes, cables and conduits. The piece used a spectacular construction of piping, guttering and tubing to evoke and subvert the channels of communication and interaction that are the fabric of the modern world. Plastic tubes and stainless steel pipes were shaped and structured by torrents of language, sound and light into a changing mass of armatures, tendrils, spurs and branches.
Co-commissioned by CCA, Glasgow.
"Along comes someone else and, in a clatter of angles and connectors, gets plugged into the system - like a telephone, or a computer or a molecule or a bypass. The possibilities are as many as our imaginations can conjure ... as stunningly visual as it is visionary"