Raven-Winged Hours is a collaboration between artists from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Fachhochschule Schwaebisch Hall, Germany.
Raven-Winged Hours is an interactive website which encourages the participant to discover a hybrid story through navigating a matrix of photos, text and voice dramatization. The site fuses fragments from two macabre stories one fiction, one real – that share related elements of entombment, obsession and death.
Edgar Allen Poe’s 19th Century short story, Berenice, a disquieting tale of dark revelations, mania and a premature burial, was written while the author was living in Baltimore, Maryland in 1835. Raven-Winged Hours allows for voice, text and image fragments from Berenice to be linked with story elements of a tragic historic figure, that of accused witch, Katherine Schloss-stein, the gossip prone wife of a barber-surgeon from Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. Found guilty of witchcraft in 1574, Schloss-stein was entombed alive, but escaped only to be recaptured and then finally drowned in a medieval trial-by-water, whose twist of logic justice exonerated her.
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