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The Fall of Icarus

Looping animation, 2016.

Related work: Yuri's Endless Journey 

To view the double channel version, click here.

In Greek methodology, Icarus is the son of the great craftsman Daedalus. Icarus attempted to use his father’s artificial wings to escape from Island Crete. As he flied too high and too close the sun, the wings broke down, and he fell into the sea. Many artists had created artworks on this theme through history. The most famous version is from Pieter Bruegel the Elder, in which he depicted the story in a humorous but sad way.

In my animation, Icarus is a USSR astronaut, whose backpack is burning and falling continuously toward the earth. He falls through clouds and winds, but somehow never finally reaching the ground. If what we see in another animation is only the statue of Gagarin, could this falling astronaut be Yuri himself? There are no answers. The rise and the fall is a critical discourse in philosophy. But what if falling is not an easy movement of self-destruction; what if falling is actually an endless process of self-deconstruction, just like how the world works today?

伊卡洛斯是希腊神话中神匠代达罗斯的儿子。在神话中,他与父亲一起制造了人造翅膀逃离克里特岛,但是因为他飞得过高,过于靠近太阳,人造翅膀被阳光融化,从而从高空坠入海中身亡。历史上很多著名的画家描绘过这个题材,其中以画家老博鲁盖尔的既幽默又蕴含着无尽悲伤的版本最为著名。

在我的动画里,伊卡洛斯是一个穿着旧款苏联太空服的宇航员。他的背包起火,并且不断地向下坠落,掉进一层层的白云,坠向地面的无尽荒原和某座巨大建筑,但是无论如何却也无法最终着地。如果另一个动画里向着宇宙尽头飞行的是加加林的雕像,那么这个向下坠落的宇航员是否是尤里本人?一切并不得而知。在哲学中,伊卡洛斯的升腾与坠落是一个重要的命题。然而当坠落不是一个可以轻易完成的毁灭性动作,而是一个永恒的没用终点的自我毁灭的过程——如同我们今天的世界所切实实践的那般——一切又会变成什么样子呢?

Still from The Fall of Icarus

Still from The Fall of Icarus

Still image from the animation

The Fall of Icarus

Looping animation, 2016.

Related work: Yuri's Endless Journey 

To view the double channel version, click here.

In Greek methodology, Icarus is the son of the great craftsman Daedalus. Icarus attempted to use his father’s artificial wings to escape from Island Crete. As he flied too high and too close the sun, the wings broke down, and he fell into the sea. Many artists had created artworks on this theme through history. The most famous version is from Pieter Bruegel the Elder, in which he depicted the story in a humorous but sad way.

In my animation, Icarus is a USSR astronaut, whose backpack is burning and falling continuously toward the earth. He falls through clouds and winds, but somehow never finally reaching the ground. If what we see in another animation is only the statue of Gagarin, could this falling astronaut be Yuri himself? There are no answers. The rise and the fall is a critical discourse in philosophy. But what if falling is not an easy movement of self-destruction; what if falling is actually an endless process of self-deconstruction, just like how the world works today?

伊卡洛斯是希腊神话中神匠代达罗斯的儿子。在神话中,他与父亲一起制造了人造翅膀逃离克里特岛,但是因为他飞得过高,过于靠近太阳,人造翅膀被阳光融化,从而从高空坠入海中身亡。历史上很多著名的画家描绘过这个题材,其中以画家老博鲁盖尔的既幽默又蕴含着无尽悲伤的版本最为著名。

在我的动画里,伊卡洛斯是一个穿着旧款苏联太空服的宇航员。他的背包起火,并且不断地向下坠落,掉进一层层的白云,坠向地面的无尽荒原和某座巨大建筑,但是无论如何却也无法最终着地。如果另一个动画里向着宇宙尽头飞行的是加加林的雕像,那么这个向下坠落的宇航员是否是尤里本人?一切并不得而知。在哲学中,伊卡洛斯的升腾与坠落是一个重要的命题。然而当坠落不是一个可以轻易完成的毁灭性动作,而是一个永恒的没用终点的自我毁灭的过程——如同我们今天的世界所切实实践的那般——一切又会变成什么样子呢?

Still from The Fall of Icarus

Still image from the animation

The Fall of Icarus
Still from The Fall of Icarus