Music, water, and a beautiful secret garden. These are all concepts that would draw Thelxiope, a special Greek Siren, to a new home.
History | Alternative
“But the Sirens have a still more terrible weapon than their singing, namely their silence.” | Das Schweigen der Sirenen, Franz Kafka
According to Homer’s Odyssey, the Greek era Siren’s song wasn’t able to affect Odysseus and his crew due to his cunning. In fact, the Sirens drowned themselves because of their failure to compel Odysseus and his crew to perish in the sea.
Kafka brought his love for a good paradox to the story when he wrote an analysis and stated that the Sirens actually didn’t sing because they were aware of Odysseus cunning. And Odysseus was oblivious to the fact that they weren’t singing because they mimed all of the movements associate with singing.
“They no longer wanted to seduce, but only to catch for as long as possible the reflection from Odysseus’ great pair of eyes.” | Das Schweigen der Sirenen, Franz Kafka
Later, in the same analysis, Kafka states that Odysseus was indeed aware of the Sirens lack of song, but he mimed the movements of someone enthralled by the non-existent Siren’s song.
But, what if Thelxiope, one of the Sirens, didn’t drown but instead had a transcendental experience; one that made her wiser and more cunning?
Her new mission | rule the world.
Would she become so cunning as to affect all music? Thus, instead of living on a remote island, she’d live in plain sight through music. Working her magic on all of us every day.
Behind the Scenes | Video
Siren’s Song | The Gardens of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios
Concept, Photography, Video | Tom Libertiny
Master Gardener | Susan Libertiny
Model | Klaudia Weselak. Represented by Model Students Agency
Costume | Mike J. Leopold
HMUA | Rachael Kent
Location | Real World Studios, Box, UK
Music | Siren’s Song by Null Paradox