Souvenir #2. Digital video, color, sound, text, 10’. 2015
Souvenir #2 displaces the mountain peak of Ano Syros to Syros’ shore. Where does a mountain peak start? While Joseph Stefanou narrates how he discovered the mountain peak of Ano Syros, English subtitles render Stefanou’s words according to the understanding of a non-Greek speaker’s perception, culture and imagination.
In my artistic practice and research over the last five years, I have been looking at socio-cultural entanglements between affectivity and materiality, within the fields of the imaginative and of critical thinking. My aim is to explore the blurring of social normative boundaries through the fostering of individual and collective imagination. Central interests span the agency of naming concrete space after affectivity (often after happiness), embodied notions of utopia and mental time travel. The relations of a people to a landscape and to the epistemic dynamics and structures taking place within it, are central for me.