According to the legend in the Odyssey, the Sirens were alluring, androgynous figures whose songs would enchant sailors, leading them to become intoxicated by an insatiable thirst for adventure. The songs were said to mesmerise passing sailors, and once hooked the sailors would become forgetful, never to pleasure from the idea of returning home; eventually, delirious and emaciated they would drown out at sea.
Songs Of The Sirens takes Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens as a point of departure as we look at what new pleasures and anxieties are emerging today in a world of constant connectivity, and what knowledge these ancient sites and mythologies might transfer as we inhabit an increasingly digital space.
The exhibition presents the work of four artists who explore themes including mythology, fluidity, power, materiality, artifice and our relationship with our environment through mixed media practice.
A series of free events and workshops will accompany the exhibition.