"The Sirens, says one, are the charms of the Gulf of Naples. No, says another; they were chaste priestesses. They were neither chaste nor priestesses, but exactly the reverse. They were sunbeams. They were perilous cliffs. They were a race of peaceful shepherds. They were symbols of persuasion. They were cannibals. They were planetary spirits. They were prophets. They were a species of Oriental owl. They were the harmonious facilities of the soul. They were penguins." – Norman Douglas, Siren Land
A Visitor’s Guide to Reorientation on Spectacle Island 2016 (5 min clip of 20 min film) A film by Sue Murad, created from a work by Maria Molteni and Hermione Spriggs "They were Sunbeams..."
A Walking Map for Reorientation on Spectacle Island (offset litho takeaway, edition of 500)
Spectacle Island, named for it’s resemblance to a pair of glasses, was initially composed of two small drumlins connected by a spit. For hundreds of years Native Americans came to the island to fish and gather clams. Two technological earth mounds, created using spoil from the Big Dig, filled out the island’s figure. It now resembles an ear.
In this performance we re-trace the history of Spectacle Island via a navigation of the inner ear's cochlea. Masked as Red-Winged Blackbirds in response to the theory of the *Bird Termination*, by which mythological Sirens are considered distasteful commoners and transformed into fledglings, we invite the public to join in ritual protests of disruption, awakening and healing.