Blog for the international research project "Our Mythical Childhood… The Reception of Classical Antiquity in Children’s and Young Adults’ Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges", financed by the ERC Consolidator Grant led by Prof. Katarzyna Marciniak, Faculty of "Artes Liberales" of the University of Warsaw. Team members: Prof. Susan Deacy and Steve K. Simons, University of Roehampton; Prof. Elizabeth Hale and Dr Miriam Riverlea, University of New England; Prof. Lisa Maurice and Dr Ayelet Peer, Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Nkemleke, Dr Divine Che Neba and Dr Eleanor A. Dasi, University of Yaoundé I; Dr Elżbieta Olechowska, Dr Hanna Paulouskaya, Dr Sonya Nevin, Dott. Edoardo Pecchini, Marta Pszczolińska, Angelina Gerus and the Project Officers: Magdalena Andersen, Maria Makarewicz, and Olga Strycharczyk from the Faculty of "Artes Liberales" UW.
Alexandra Hetmerová – a young Czech director, animator, graphic designer and ilustrator – has created two gorgeous animations inspired by the world of mythology. In her “Mythopolis” (2013, FAMU Production) and the earlier “Swimming Pool” (2010, FAMU Production), you can see how she imagines the life of mythological characters in the modern world, incl. Medusa as the caring mother of her son Mino(taur).
On April 9th, the new exhibition of Damien Hirst was opened in Venice.
His new major project is called “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” and it is displayed across 5,000 square metres of museum space (it is located in two famous venues – Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana). The artist has worked on the exhibition in hiding for almost 10 years.
The exhibition tells the story of the ancient wreck of a vast ship, the “Unbelievable” (Apistos in the original Koine Greek), and presents what was discovered of its precious cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan – a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II – which was destined for a temple dedicated to the sun.
“Rock the Beat” game (PL: “Palce w pralce”) consists of clapping hands to the rhythm of the famous Queen song “We Will Rock You” and showing different gestures. The gestures are presented on the cards which are distributed to the players at the different stages of the game session.
We can find a variety of gesture cards in many different editions of the game. In the Polish version we encounter a card which presents Diogenes in a barrel – in the English one we find an Egyptian gesture card. Do you know any other examples of Antiquity-related gestures in this game? If so please share it with us!
Fireman Sam – the hero from a children animation – employs many vehicles that bear names of the ancient gods: Jupiter, Juno, Mercury, Neptune, etc. While these names may also refer to the planets, the inflatable rescue boat Neptune is surely under the protection of the Roman god of the sea.