Merlin
Pola Weiss, 1987, 9'04''

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In her work, Pola Weiss researches culture and identity. In ‘Merlin’ she focuses on medieval and Celtic legends about the wizard Merlin. Synthetic colors and figures are combined with images of medieval sculptures and depictions. These impressions are layered over each other; in the background, medieval music and singing evolves into the voice of a talking woman. Halfway, the music is suddenly created by synthesizers, which takes the legend into the contemporary realm. Images of a magician, riding on a horse through the woods, pass by. In between, the horse is used as a synthetic motif; it turns into a unicorn. Like the magician, who rode a horse earlier, Pola Weiss now rides a unicorn, a mythological creature which can only be tamed by a virgin maiden. Inthis way, Weiss seems to use this medieval legend for the purpose of researching female identity. The work ends with several women, laughing loudly.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Carolien Zeeman
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  • Date: 1987
  • Length: 9'04''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry
  • Keywords: culture, feminism, gender, history, identity, mythology