Miseno
Nol de Koning, 1991

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The Trojan hero Aeneas was extolled by the poet Virgil as national hero and founding father of the Romans. Aeneas fled from the burning city of Troy and after many wanderings arrived in Italy. On approaching the Italian coast, Misenus, Aeneas' trumpeter, provoked the seagod Triton by sounding his horn loudly over the waters. Whereupon Triton saw to it that the unfortunate Misenus drowned in the foaming waves. Cape Miseno near Naples is named after him. Nol de Koning's Miseno consists of three tapes, played on three video screens; from a photographic work and from a sound tape. In Miseno, the protagonist Miseno is conspicuous by his absence. The stratified visual material, however, graphically evokes Misenus' experiences and the epic nature of Virgil's work. Bythe lyrical and expressive use of landscape and seascape images, filmed at the original sites, De Koning breathes new life into the story of Misenus, without illustrating it in the literal sense. The abstract images of nature, strengthened by the sounds and the music, emphasize the mythical and timeless character of Virgil's epic tales. Videotaped fragments, taken from the TV, reflecting our own present culture and its military aspects in particular, invade the screen from time to time. De Koning's Miseno is a poetically and visually potent work - it is also a highly topical continuation of Virgil's magisterial 'Aeneas'... There is also a single-channel remix version of the installation. Read more...

  • Date: 1991
  • Type: Installation
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, environment/ecology, literature, movement, mythology