The Wake

2011 | 00:05:03 | United States | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Animals, Blu-ray, Death and Dying, Religion/Spirituality

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The Wake was filmed at the Invertebrate Zoology department of the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh. In this department there are old cabinets full of categorized butterfly specimens, neatly ordered in drawers.  I released into this space 100 live butterflies that flew among the dead specimens.  The result is as if these dead specimens have now come to life.

The work explores themes such as resurrection, life/death, release from captivity to freedom, and the transition from sleep to new consciousness. Leaving behind old memories and ideas to explore new ones. Conveying hope for a new discovered freedom.

-- Dana Levy

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Prizes + Awards

Open Studio Award, Dumbo Arts Festival

Premiere

AIR Gallery 9th Bienalle

Exhibitions + Festivals

Athens International Film/Video Festival, Athens, OH, 2012

VideoEx, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012

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