Petros Antoniou

A cloud observatoryNephelokokkygia

Pisthetairos and Euelpides got tired of their home city of Athens. Its tedious bureaucracy and incessant legal disputes were wearing the old men down and so, like many a modern day city dweller, they decided to move out of town for a more peaceful life. Leaving the city and their debts behind, they went in search of Tereus, [] whom the gods had turned into a hoopoe bird. Their reasoning was that Tereus, having once been a human and now a bird, might have come across ‘a nice cushy city, soft as a woollen blanket, where we could curl up’. [] Then one of the old fellows proposed an idea to the birds. What if together they founded a city in the sky - one up in the clouds, away from earthly concerns?  [] It would be the perfect place for the two Athenians to escape to. So delighted were the birds with the old man’s plan that they immediately agreed and appointed him as their leader.[]. Escaping to a Utopia in the clouds was not without it’s difficulties but they finally managed to come in agreement with the Gods. [] Nevertheless, you might think that anyone who dreamt of doing the same was living in a Cloudcuckooland (Νεφελοκοκκυγία) [] the very name that the two Athenians chose for their fantastical Utopian City” // Pretor-Pinney, Gavin. “The Cloudspotters Guide: The Science.” History, and Culture of Clouds. PERIGREE (2006).

A theater of sortsSynecdoche, Attercliffe

SAMMY : This is where we part ways. This is authentic. This is what the real Caden would do. This is what real love looks like. Sammy leaps. The actors below scatter. Sammy hits hard, breaks through the fake cement, and is dead. Blood everywhere.
Sammy is buried. An enormous crowd there: all the actors from the play, Caden and Hazel in front. Hazel weeps. Cadenlooks at the assembled group, from face to face.
CADEN: I know how to do it now. There are nearly thirteen million people in the world. Try to imagine that many people! None of those people is an extra. They’re all the leads of their own stories. They have to be given their due.
The actor playing Sammy is in the coffin. There’s an enormous crowd. Tammy plays Hazel and weeps. A stand-in for Sammy as Caden stands next to her. Caden and Hazel watch from the director’s table.// Script from Synecdoche, New York by Charlie Kaufman



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