Mark WallingerPrometheus 1999

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Mark Wallinger (born 1959)
Date 1999
MediumVideo, projection, colour and sound (stereo)
Acquisition Presented by the artist and Anthony Reynolds Gallery 2001
Not on display


Prometheus is a two-minute video that plays on a continuous loop. It was produced in an edition of ten, with one artist's proof. Tate's copy is number six in the edition. Although it is intended to be displayed as a large projection, so that the image fills the gallery wall, it has also been shown on both a monitor and as a projection, as part of a larger installation of the same name (Whitechapel Art Gallery 2002). It forms the third part of the Talking in Tongues trilogy, which also includes Angel 1997 (Tate T07394) and Hymn 1997 (Tate T07798). Each video explores the theme of religion and features Wallinger in the guise of a character called Blind Faith, identifiable by his white shirt, black tie and black glasses. He is seen in a different situation singing or reciting a text. Wallinger has referred to this figure as 'an actor, a puppet, a hollow man', who never speaks 'anything that has not already been written.' (Quoted in Vischer, p.26… (read more)

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