Palinuro (configuratie)
Nol de Koning, 1989, 32'30''

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In 'Palinuro' everything revolves around the nocturnal hour of fate before his fall into the sea, when Palinurus is keeping watch, contemplating his situation. Before him lie the shore and lighthouse, whose beam of light sweeping around we see on the middlemost of the three monitors. The light that derives from the monitor illuminates a photograph of the sea on the wall facing the monitors. The lighthouse light is the main theme of the installation, throwing light not only upon the destination of the odyssey, as it were, but also upon Palinurus's fearful forebodings, upon the somnia tristia, the sad, ominous dreams, memories and obsessive thoughts spinning around his mind, the video images of which are combined with the lighthouse theme, the cross-cutting detemining the rhythm of the alternating shots. The installation never presents Palinurus himself; only his desperate imaginative universe is made visible. In order not to reduce the representation of this universe to an illustrative sequence of images, Nol de Koning did not use the story itself as his main guideline, but instead applied the form principles of Virgil's 'Aeneid'. [Based on: Maurice Nio, exhibition catalogue 'Imago' 1990] [This installation was part of the exhibition "Imago, Fin de Si├Ęcle in Dutch Contemporary Art" (1990) and is featured on the DVD series "Installations 1975-2006" (2007).] Read more...

  • Date: 1989
  • Length: 32'30''
  • Type: Video documentation
  • Keywords: installation - multi-channel video installation, literature, mythology, movement
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA