STATEMENT OF INTENT
ICARUS is a documentary website devoted to the creation of original non-fiction online short stories that challenge the conventional discourses of documentary storytelling. ICARUS encourages critical and rational thought and attempts to educate our society through an artistically visual and aural style delivered via the medium of documentary. ICARUS will investigate and present unique non-fictional short stories relating to political, social, economical, and environmental issues while providing a voice for undiscovered stories, and offering innovative solutions to contemporary issues. ICARUS seeks to advance our society's understanding about human nature and our world, past and present, and to reinforce the importance of knowing our limitations, to offer us wisdom, and to free ourselves from the misfortunes of naivety.
ICARUS AS A CONCEPT
ICARUS is an ancient mythical cautionary tale. Its mythology and symbolism has been adopted and embodied in the characteristics and foundations of this website. The myth is about ICARUS, the son of an Athenian artist and inventor, who tries to escape from an island prison with the help of his father. His father constructs wings made from feathers and wax only to fly too close to the sun melting the wings and plunging him to his death in the sea below. The tale represents humans, individually and/or collectively, displaying ignornance and acting hubristic, which eventual leads to their demise. Occassionaly embodying these characteristics, humans such as ICARUS, fail to seek or disregard cautionary wisdom. It is a representation of human nature and our lack of self-control when exploring the unknown and forbidden. This is demonstrated when ICARUS, disregarding his father's advice, foolishly flys too high overcome by the freedom of earthly constraints inescapably falling to his death.
ICARUS' father is the archetype for the wise old person. A master artist, inventor, and craftsman, his father's cautionary wisdom is disregarded. ICARUS is warned not to fly too low in case his wings become waterlogged or too high in case the sun's heat melts the wax holding the feathers together. ICARUS' consequence for flying too high is his death. His father is also a representation for history. ICARUS' flight and death remind us that the wisdom of understanding our past, and determining examples, models, and warnings are imperative to better understand our present.