You Are Mythical is a feature film with animation, videoart, and performance in documentary style. It tells the story of seven people who connect their life with myths --Penelope, Ulysses, Narcissus, Oedipus, Antigone, Jason, Sirens. The film was shot in five countries (Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia), and seven languages (Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Greek).
Shooting Penelope´ story, I felt that we had to expand a moment --when the character goes under a table to sleep. It´s about 7 seconds in the film and 7 minutes in Penelope is Waiting. It´s the kind of fragments of life in silence, no time, and empty spaces, that is a constant search in my work.
A few weeks later, we returned to the house to expand the other three scenes. It´s our multiple portrait of a contemporary Penelope. A woman in love who believes that her island and Ulysses are the same thing. 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 European Project.
Javier Chavarría is a visual artist, art director, and university professor. Javier works on film and theater designing sets and costumes. He has created the animation segments for You Are Mythical including Penelope, who is one of the seven stories portrayed in this transmedia feature film.
Art work by Javier Chavarría at alturaX Design Studio for the website of Crossing Stages European Project. www.alturax.com I www.crossingstages.eu
LECTURES AND RE-INTERPRETATIONS IN THE CLASSIC WORLD
LUZ NEIRA | ADJUNCT 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.
MYTH AND SCIENCE
JAVIER GOROSTIZA | INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER, DIRECTOR OF ROBOTICS DEPARTMENT, UC3M
ABSTRACT Historical and philosophical links between myth and science with focus on technology and robotics. Among Greek myths mentioned, Penelope, Ulysses, Apollo, Achilles, Sisyphus and Prometheus. The essay concludes that, as Plato said, myths explain a reality that logos cannot reach. Science, without poetic language and myths, moves like Psique without its Eros.
NAMES Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Claude Lévi-Strauss, George Boole.
KEYS Myth, science, technology, robotics, quantum physics, artificial intelligence.
PEDRO VALIENTE | FILMMAKER, MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
ABSTRACT Creative process of Penelope is Waiting in the context of Crossing Stages European Project as part of a transmedia platform including You Are Mythical feature, Crossing Europe documentary film, and over seventy short productions.
NAMES Robert Wilson, Bill Viola, Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Martha Graham, André Bretón, Pablo Picasso, Vsevelod Meyerhold, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht.
KEYS Videoinstallation, videoart, filmmaking, performing arts, contemporary art, experimental, avant-garde, new technologies, multimedia, transmedia.