Sirens

1977 | 00:06:47 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | 1/2" open reel video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Literature, Mental Landscape, Myth, Photography, Video History

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Taking its title from the sea nymphs in Homer’s Odyssey—the treacherous spirits whose sweet voices lured sailors to their death upon the rocks—Sirens presents four hallucinatory scenes, visual puns authored by a mischievous agent. Mocking laughter that shatters the illusion and causes viewers to doubt the assumptions implicit in their viewing disrupts stills of what seem to be unpopulated landscapes.

This title is also available on Sympathetic Vibrations: The Videoworks of Paul Kos.