The Tannhauser Gate (2010-2012)
May 19-June 30, 2012
Richard Wagner’s opera Tannhäuser and Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner are ageless myths deconstructed in Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces . This is the legend of a hero’s journey, or monomyth, from the physical world’s limitations to absolute awareness of the Jungian “Self,” the totality of the conscious and unconscious mind. Referencing both the film and the opera, The Tannhauser Gate examines the image, commencing with the 1986 televised explosion of the Challenger shuttle, as the catalyst in an ontological search of the Self.
By highlighting the slowly vanishing boundary between images and our reality the series of images will highlight the fundamental consequences of image consumption. The Tannhauser Gate represents a personal path to enlightenment from the hero’s initial call to adventure from the ordinary world of reality to the supernatural/mythological world of the image and back again.