Luke Gilliam, Gera Dyllon, Arnold Wytenburg: Ulysses on the Love Canal (2007): On The Lookout For Human Identity

Look at the video first: Ulysses on the Love Canal. Video courtesy of Gilliam, Dyllon, Wytenburg. All rights reserved.

The modern world, symbolic for which Love Canal stands, a human artifice, in its own time standing for human progress, a dream world, and yet by human progress overtaken and rendered obsolete, mankind overtaking itself and leaving behind an orifice which is then used to bury the own waste, a very powerful and on many levels meaningful picture.

On the other hand, Ulysses, standing for wit and diplomatic skill, yet lost in his world and by higher powers used as a punching ball driven criss-cross over the seas, a tragedy in himself.

Then Ulysses by James Joyce, to come back to another great piece of cultural evidence, makes the same bridge by connecting the ancient Greek to the town of Dublin, while creating an enigmatic deeper sense which, according to Joyce’s own words „will keep the scholars busy for centuries“.

Both, or all three, are stories which have a lot in common. Thus, Ulysses on the Love Canal is about a journey, a search for ideals, for identity, about setbacks and open questions, about an uncertain future and an obscured past.

Ulysses on the Love Canal uses both antique and modern imagery. The two-dimensional antique artwork clashes with modern art. And, interestingly, they both have a lot in common. This is why they fit into the collagesque arrangement and result in new visual aspects which appear very conclusive. It is a bold move to bring the two eras – the source and the outcome – together, which is rewarded with a result that demonstrates their connection.

Time, then, is in this work both a synchronous and asynchronous matter. For one, the elements used bridge a gap of over two thousand years, yet they are boldly composed in a collagesque series which circles the existence of modern mankind. And in a synchronous way, they are aligned with the imagery the music creates, a mix, for the viewer, between antique and modern sound elements as well. It is thus within and inter two media that the gap is bridged, resulting in a holistic composition which is history, past, present and future, in short: the identity of mankind.

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