Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser” and Ridley Scott’s film “Blade Runner” are ageless myths deconstructed in Joseph Campbell’s “Hero with a Thousand Faces.” This is the legend of a hero’s journey, or monomyth, from the physical world’s limitations to absolute awareness of the Jungian “Self,” the totality of the conscious and unconscious mind.
Referencing both the film and the opera, P. Seth Thompson‘s “The Tannhauser Gate” examines the image, commencing with the 1986 televised explosion of the Challenger shuttle, as the catalyst in an ontological search of the Self. By highlighting the slowly vanishing boundary between images and our reality this exhibition will uncover the fundamental consequences of image consumption, which results in a compromised identity and a distorted reality.
“The Tannhauser Gate” will represent a personal path to enlightenment from the hero’s initial call to adventure from the ordinary world of reality to the supernatural/mythological world of the image and back again.
Ontologic (former Solomon Projects Gallery)
1037 Monroe Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306