YOU ARE MYTHICAL is a feature film that tells the story of young Europeans who connect their life with myths. As it turns out, they feel close to Penelope, Ulysses, Narcissus, Antigone, Jason, and the Sirens. Currently in postproduction, the film has been shot on location in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Slovenia. Languages are Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Greek.
Shooting Penelope´ story, I felt that we had to expand a moment --when the character goes under a table to sleep. It´s the kind of fragments of life, in no time, empty spaces, and silent,that is a constant search in my creative work. It turned into a 7 minutes single sequence. Inspiring.
A few weeks later, we returned to the same house to enlarge other scenes. It´s our multiple portrait of a contemporary Penelope. A woman in love expecting the arrival of Ulysses. A powerful woman. PENELOPE IS WAITING was born. PEDRO VALIENTE
PENELOPE IS WAITING is a videoinstallation inspired by Penelope´ story in the film YOU ARE MYTHICAL directed by Pedro Valiente for Crossing Stages project.
Javier Chavarría is a visual artist and university professor. He works on film and theater designing sets and costumes. Currently, he is developing animation work for YOU ARE MYTHICAL including Penelope, who is one of the seven stories portrayed in this feature film. We´ll show here very soon this visual look of Penelope.
Art work by Javier Chavarría at AlturaX Design for the website of CROSSING STAGES EUROPEAN PROJECT.
LECTURES AND RE-INTERPRETATIONS IN THE CLASSIC WORLD
LUZ NEIRA | VICE-DEAN OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION, UC3M
ABSTRACT Penelope character in The Odyssey turned into the archetype of faithful wife. This essay analyses its iconography in several representations documented in vase paintings, reliefs, paintings, and mosaics, as well as her fidelity to the literary version or its misrepresentation. Also, the symbolism and its image re-semantic lecture according to the historical and cultural context of the works.
KEYS Penelope, antiquity, written culture, visual culture, re-semantic lecture.