Victor Burgin's Parzival in Leuven

Victor Burgin's Parzival in Leuven

Reflections on the

Édité par Hilde Van Gelder, Stéphane Symons

In-depth analysis of Victor Burgin's video installation Parzival (2013)

In commemoration of the destruction of the University Library of Leuven (Belgium) in August 1914, the projection work Parzival, created by Victor Burgin (°UK, 1941) in 2013, was installed within the rebuilt Library. The installation uniquely marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, which left its profound traces on both the consciousness and physiognomy of the city of Leuven. Parzival is a montage piece combining digital images of ruins and bombed out cities with audio-visual and literary material that references, amongst other works, Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal (premiere in 1882), Roberto Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero (1948) and Milan Kundera’s novel Identity (1998).

This publication provides an in-depth analysis of Parzival, a work that is inspired by the period of seven months that Wagner spent in Venice (1858-1859). Burgin’s Parzival raises questions about some of the most fundamental elements in Wagner’s operatic work: the longing for a savior, the complex connection between violence and catharsis, and the presentiment that destruction awaits humanity in the future (Götterdämmerung). In an associative manner, Parzival brings together various artistic and political features to confront the romantic ideal of the ruin with the horrors that might result from such a myth. In addition, this book contains a reprint of Michel Foucault’s essay "The Imagination of the Nineteenth Century" (1980).

Contributors: Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven), Victor Burgin (University of California, University of London, University of Southampton), Alexander Streitberger (Université catholique de Louvain), Stéphane Symons (KU Leuven), Hilde Van Gelder (KU Leuven)

Titre Victor Burgin's Parzival in Leuven
Sous-titre Reflections on the
Édition Première édition
Édité par Hilde Van Gelder, Stéphane Symons
Langue anglais
Éditeur Leuven University Press
BISAC Classifications thématiques PHO005000 PHOTOGRAPHY / Criticism
BIC Classifications thématiques AJ Photography & photographs
AJB Individual photographers
Dewey (abrégé) 770 Photography & photographs
Date de première publication du titre 30 mars 2017
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: J
ONIX Adult Audience Rating      02 Avertissement de contenu
Support Livre broché
Nb de pages
ISBN-10 9462700990
ISBN-13 9789462700994
Référence 121235-83
Date de publication 30 mars 2017
Format 17 x 23 cm
Poids 300 gr
Prix 34,50 €

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