Sisyphus Conditon. Super8 film transferred to HD video.'11. 2018.
Film shot in Madeira island and Ireland featuring actor Cillian Roche (IE), music by Maksims Šenteļevs (LV).
Premiere on 31st May at Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art
A man living on a remote rocky island where only stone and ocean surrounds him, seems to do some meaningful task. He is carrying stones, sometimes burying them and sleeping on them. He continues doing the same tasks, never revealing to the viewer the reason of his work. “Sisyphus Condition” refers to Ancient Greek mythological hero Sisyphus who was punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity.
Albert Camus wrote an essay “Myth of Sisyphus”, he saw Sisyphus as personifying the absurdity of human life, but Camus concludes "one must imagine Sisyphus happy" as "The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart."
Supported by: State Capital Foundation of Latvia
Co-produced by: the 1st Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA1),
Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More
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