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The human brain is capable of remarkable feats of understanding and analysis, yet has trouble simply imagining its own death. Death is our blind spot — we cannot conceive of an end to our perceptions and experiences, so we are forced to invent stories about what we will experience after we die.
As a result, human culture overflows with afterworld narratives, and in some cases these have become rich in specific details, textures and landscapes: afterworlds may be light, dark, watery, icy, misty, subterranean, found in the clouds, in the earth, in the sun, in the moon; they may be places of peace and redemption, or places of violence and damnation.
Commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet
23 Jan 2009: Gala Opening
21 Jun 2009: NZSQ June 2009
01 Nov 2009: Concert 1: Multicultural NZ
13 Nov 2009: NZSQ: ... Cultural Property
30 Mar 2012: Death and the Maiden: New Zealand String Quartet
Performed by New Zealand String Quartet
Performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, in November, 2009