Un re in ascolto focuses on the sense of hearing. It is written in the second-person. In the story, a palace becomes a giant ear and a King is obsessed by fears of rebellion which send him toward a state of restless aural surveillance. This paranoia only seems to halt when he hears the sincere love song of a woman. The story was made into an eponymous opera work by the composer Luciano Berio, and served as basis for Myriorama (2004), a telematic dance piece by ambientTV.NET in collaboration with kondition pluriel, which questioned surveillance of daily life through networked telecommunication technologies.
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