A Wind God’s Passage to the Funeral Games
01 Minutes 58 Seconds, Single Channel HD Video
Commissioned by Dazed and Confused & Channel 4 Random Acts, UK.
This piece is called “A Wind God’s Passage to the Funeral Games”. It’s a component of a longer video work (created in collaboration with composer Daron Murphy), called Sibyl, to be released later this year.
The Sibyl of Cumae was an ancient Greek prophetess who received pilgrims from the far reaches of civilization. Her prophecies, written on oak leaves in a sacred cave, would send recipients into a mystical rapture, where spirits of nature and numerological riddles would reveal human destiny.
“…Passage to the Funeral Games” captures the immersive, primordial experience of ancient prophecy and brings it to our present day, where imagination manifests in pixels and binary code, the purity of the natural world has been compromised, and magic has been made literal by technology (The piece was conceptualized during the Japan earthquakes and its nuclear meltdown of 2011). As “Passage” progresses, geometric forms move through space, like otherworldly calibrating devices, working to correct humanity’s violence against nature. We are taken into a dreamlike escape from the dread of a polluted Earth, where even apocalyptic events can yield visions of hope.