The Meural Student Award

The Punishment of Tantalus

Ziwei Wu


This inspiration of this work from the part of music torture in Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights. Through the mechanism of the punishment of Tantalus, I created a new mechanism which can control others through audio. In several dimensions of magnifying glass’ view, we can see seven different little worlds. ‘they’ are being tortured. The work hopes to explore and reinterpret the phenomenon of individual behavior being controlled and watched by external perspectives and sounds.


Tantalus offended the gods and suffered in hell. He stood in the deep water. Whenever he was thirsty. The water immediately flowed away from him. Whenever he wanted to eat the fruit from the tree in front of him, the fruit rose in the air.