Project: Linz Adagia – Erasmus Proverbs (Blue Cloak) Folly of the World
A Triptych – from the minds eye…
Images that although seemingly old or original.. have never existed
1) From heaven to earth
2) Between a stone and a shrine (Between a rock and a hard place)
3) To have one foot in the grave
Blue Cloak is an ongoing project creating/re-creating ‘contemporary proverbs’ – across a range of media and outputs – involving new collaborations with a number of artists. Taking as its departure point ‘proverbs’ – eg. how do you question / undermine global folly – politicians – military – commerce – artists….. we are all guilty of folly in some way.
Context: Erasmus published a book of proverbs in 1500/1508 – this influenced Brueghel’s ‘Blue Cloak’ (Netherlandish Proverbs in 1559) – the ‘Folly of the World’. Many of the adages have become commonplace in many European languages, and we owe our use of them to Erasmus.
What’s done cannot be undone
A living corpse
Where there’s life, there’s hope
Time reveals all things
Complete the circle
My own interdisciplinary work often investigates the relationship between the ‘still and moving image’. The work approaches the subject of historical memory in an attempt to reveal the disparity involved in attempting to ‘represent the past’. Wider research explores ‘how places feel’ that involve disturbance, turmoil or perceived injustice. The research question being how this ‘re-presentation’ shapes the image of the present with a bearing on the here and now. The practice is primarily interested in the tension between truth and fiction, history and memory. The wider and interlinked projects question how information becomes authoritative and explores the way that we map and classify the world in order to understand it.
Darryl Georgiou. August 2014, Linz