4 – The sleep of reason still produces monsters

The sleep of reason still produces monsters

VR experience. 2′ 43”

Xavier Solé. Tom Szirtes. Alexander Adderley.

This piece is inspired by different paintings and etchings of Goya. The title comes from the Capricho #43. This etching is a gate to the dreamlike part of the series of etchings. In this case, It is used as a gate to a dream that becomes a nightmare by mixing it with 3 more paintings of Goya “The Meadow of San Isidro”, “The Pilgrimage of San Isidro” and “The Akelarre”.

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“The Meadow of San Isidro” and “The Pilgrimage of San Isidro” are two enormous paintings of the same scene with 30 years of difference. In the “Meadow of San Isidro” Goya was depicting a joyous scene of the wealthy class of Madrid. It is a scene of positivism and happiness. 30 years later, he painted “The Pilgrimage of San Isidro” the same scene but without any trace of positivism or hope. The society Goya was expected to rise with the Enlightenment and its failure to do so, engulfed him in a deep pessimism. Instead of wealthy and beautiful people, he painted a snake of dark deformed people, witches, fools, singing and partying in the darkness. A snake of human monsters celebrating. The third painting, “The Akelarre”  is the culmination of these celebrations. As the dark people celebrate the great Goat, it appears to be surrounded by his audience, who offers him sacrifices.