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Peter Greenaway: Flying Over Water

Peter Greenaway: Flying Over Water
Library Shelf Location 18.GREE
Publication Date 1997
Description Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, 6 March - 25 May 1997. The myth of Icarus was the theme of "Flying Over Water," British filmmaker Peter Greenaway's latest curatorial project, installed at the Fundacio Joan Miró in Barcelona, Mar. 6-June 1, 1997. Everyone knows this tale, in which Icarus's father attempts to flee from Crete's tyrannical King Minos by fashioning wings from feathers and wax for both his son and himself. Ignoring his father's cautions, Icarus brashly soars up into the heavens and near to the sun. The wax melts, and Icarus plunges into the sea. He was, as Greenaway points out with typically black humor, the world's first pilot; his shocking demise, our first air disaster. True to Greenaway's fascination for the encyclopedic -- beautifully illustrated in his film Prospero's Books -- the exhibition "Flying Over Water" offered an encyclopedic take on Icarus, organized according to Greenaway's quirky classifications. Everything -- "from the material Icarus used to make his wings to the sound of his body falling into the sea" -- was included in this multimedia extravaganza, which featured lighting by Reinier van Brummelen and an extraordinary "sound track" by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, a director at IRCAM, the Centre Georges Pompidou's music and sound research institute. The show's 30 separate sections included flying machines and related contraptions, an autopsy room in which a gruesome rendition of Icarus's flayed head rested on a metal tray, five live models serving as prototypical Icaruses, and an enormous landing platform erected for Icarus's hypothetical return. It was also full of feathers, including a zany, feather-filled clear plastic triumphal arch that spectators walked through to enter the foundation.
ISBN 1858940338
Quantity 1
Pages 112p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29cm.
Format Paperback
Publisher Merrell Holberton Publishers, London
Related Artist Peter Greenaway
Category Installation
Keyword Mythology
Related Gallery Fundacio Miro, Barcelona
Language English

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