medial 1. art biennial [2005]
  Doron Furman Israel



1.   Edipus2, cg / multimedia, US$ 1200  2. image2., cg / multimedia, US$ 1200.   3. image3., cg / multimedia, US$ 1200














The Rational of the work
the main theme refers to disaster, in a family, and public places.

Each of the 4 actors is making a citation in Hebrew of these fraises below from the drama, Oedipus Rex. The text represents the soon and his aggressive relationships towards his parents. The question that is raise here is about the identity of the soon in a matter of belonging, the story is telling by 4 people that tells the same facts, in order to reinforce the meaning of the drama.

This work 'Oedipus Rex' is a video, audio piece, projected on a large screen simultaneously with another projection 'Ruins' on the other side of the same screen, which presents a very detailed destruction of a building. When one is specking the other Characters are in hold, or all of them are speaking together, there are several simultaneous actions between them, using the image and the sound in a different ways.

I'm enclosing a translation of the passage from Oedipus Rex: the passage is in episode 3, lines 771-815;
[Oedipus} it will not be kept from you, now that my forebodings have advanced so far. To whom more than to you would I speak in suffering such a fortune as this? my father was Polybus of Corinth, [775] my mother the Dorian Merope. I was considered the greatest of the folk in that town, until a chance event befell me, worthy, indeed, of wonder, though not of my overreaction regarding it. At a banquet, a man drunk with wine [780] cast it at me that I was not the true son of my father. And I, vexed, restrained myself for that day as best as I could, but on the next went to my mother and father and questioned them. They were angry at the one who had let this taunt fly.

[785] So I had comfort about them, but the matter rankled in my heart, for such a rumor still spread widely. I went to Delphi without my parents' knowledge, and Phoebus sent me forth disappointed of the knowledge for which I had come, [790] but in his response set forth other things, full of sorrow and terror and woe: that I was fated to defile my mother's bed, that I would reveal to men a brood which they could not endure to behold, and that I would slay the father that sired me. When I heard this, I turned in flight from the land of Corinth, [795] from then on thinking of it only by its position under the stars, to some spot where I should never see fulfillment of the infamies foretold in my evil fate. And on my way I came to the land in which you say that this prince perished.

[800] Now, lady, I will tell you the truth. When on my journey I was near those three roads, there I met a herald, and a man in a carriage drawn by colts, as you have described. The leader and the old man [805] himself tried to thrust me rudely from the path. Then, in anger, I struck the one pushing me aside, the driver, and the old man, when he saw this, watched for the moment I was passing, and from his carriage, brought his double goad straight down on my head. [810] Yet he was paid back with interest: with one swift blow from the staff in this hand he rolled right out of the carriage onto his back. I slew every one of them.

The translation is from: Sophocles.

The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles. Edited with introduction and notes by Sir Richard Jebb. Sir Richard Jebb. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1887