t h o u g h t s a n d i d e a s t h r o u g h t h i s s e m i n a r :
How we perceive space nowadays. What is space. What we see in a space and what we don’t and why we don’t. Certain things we do in certain spaces. How we name these certain spaces that we do these certain things. Is it obvious or not.
Through my research for my project I wanted to read more about the idea of a space into another space and about “space” in general. I asked my tutor Bernice Donszelmann to advice me some books. One of them was “Species of Spaces and Other Pieces” by George Perec. A few days later I went to the second day of the seminar that I chose to attend by Tim O’ Riley. He had also brought the same book and a few more by George Perec. While I was in the seminar and we were talking about the book and about space in general I remembered a game we used to play with my sister when we were kids. We used to walk around our house by looking only the ceiling. Walking on what we were seeing on the ceiling and passing the obstacles we were seeing on the ceiling. I remember that I had the feeling that I was literally walking on the ceiling. I try to do the same game at my flat here in London but I didn’t really felt the same. I think is because I am taller now. I felt really dizzy actually. I recorded it and here is the video. I found it really interesting that when we were kids we found a whole world in there and now for me is just the ceiling. I am thinking of doing wooden maquettes of ceilings as corridors and the same with walls. I want to transform walls to floor and ceiling to floor. And also record myself doing this game in a bigger space. I think this project is related to the work i am doing now. I am really interested at transforming space and I want to deal more with this idea.
w a l k i n g f r o m m y l i v i n g r o o m t o m y b a t h r o o m o n m y c e i l i n g :
In our studio group crits my tutor Bernice advised me to look at Pipilotti Rist‘ s work. I found her work really interesting and inspiring. I watch this interview of her at youtube saying that from when she was a child she had this will of making rooms with moving life and films. She creates her own space out of the common sense. Films and sound surrounding in the whole room and the viewer lying down perceiving differently the film because now it is not just a video, it is an experience. She makes the walls disappears and creates a whole world in just four white walls. This transformation of space out of the box and her perspective of things really inspired me. Most of her video art consist women bodies but as she said in her interview her videos is about everyone and not only women. I have also watched this interview of her that talks about her work “Ever is Over All” (1997). In her video it’ s a girl that she is smashing car windows with a very heavy sculpture of a flower. In the interview she is saying that this piece came out from her anger about a weak moment in her life. I really liked her spontaneity and simplicity of her thinking and ideas. She just had an image in her mind when she was anger about a guy and she made that a piece of work.
In our studio group crits, while I was telling to my group about my idea someone suggest me the book “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan. These are some parts from this book that I found them interesting. It’s a novel for an unborn child telling the story of his parents. I didn’t read the whole book but I liked these parts and I found them inspiring. This idea of a private space, unknown of the outer world and how the writer describes it.
“..floated dreamily through my private ocean in slow-motion somersaults, colliding gently against the transparent bounds of my confinement, the confining membrane that vibrated with, even as it muffled, the voices of conspirators in a vile enterprise.”
“..,not an inch of space to myself.”
“..the beginning of conscious life was the end of illusion, the illusion of non-being, and the eruption of the real.”
“..heard clearly, so efficiently did sound waves travel through jawbone and clavicle, down through her skeletal structure, swiftly through the nourishing amniotic.”
W H E N I A M U N D E R W A T E R I F E E L F R E E || My project is in my thoughts all the time. Trying to figure out why I chose to deal with this idea. Why I want to make a womb. What is a safe place. How is a safe place. Do I want to feel safe. What safe is. I am 22 years old, I don’t want you to see me as a number but our society does so I do it too. I am 22 years old and it’s the first time that I am away from my family. My mom, my dad, my cat, my room, my bed, my friends, my area, my food, my language. My comfort zone. I deleted the two previous sentences twice but I retyped them. It’ s because I think I am being puerile, but that is the truth and maybe I am. I think this is why I have this need of making a womb, a place that I will feel safe.
explanation of the title: Sea is a very big part of my life. I am from Greece and every summer I go to an island or seaside to swim. I had the chance to do scuba diving several times. When I overtook my fear of drowning I felt calm. Floating in the middle of the ocean, seeing only deep blue, without knowing its ending. Hearing only my breathe and my heartbeat. Almost black under my feet and the curious fear of the unknown overwhelming me. I feel free and weird, but calm. Is this has to do with our memory from when we were in the womb? Does our body has memory? Is this why we feel calm in the water? I also do it in my bathtub. I fill my bathtub with water, I lie down and I sink. I calm my heartbeat and I concentrate in the stillness. This soundproof sound inside the water that deforms all of the outer sounds. Like it is more important and bigger that the outer world and doesn’t want this world to infect its world. And I agree. You have done a really good job water, keeping your space uninfected. I feel safe in you.
“Breathing Space” by Aliki Palaska. This is an artwork that I have seen in an exhibition in Athens, Greece called “Flying over the Abyss“. I am attracted from art pieces that are dealing with the body and I am also really curious to explore a variety of different materials. An unconscious procedure of our life, something so simple but so important. Our breathing. Convert all of our breathing stages into various sculptures with a different material and shape.
The tests of materials that I am doing in the moment reminded me of Aliki Palaska’ s piece. This is my breathing space.
“RUN church, RUN Restaurant, Run Store” by Susan Cianciolo at Modern Art. I found really interested the way that this artist presented her work. There were many kinds of paper boxes and inside of them were many different little things, from glitter to sketches. Most of them were handmade and some of them were made from the artist’ s daughter. The people that were working at the gallery could only take these thinks out of the box and present them to us. I found this really fascinated because when you enter the gallery you see closed paper boxes and then a whole world appears. She has also made some wooden structures like rooms in another room at the gallery. I am also attracted of this idea of a space inside another space.
This is the first episode “Life before birth” of the documentary “In the womb” by National Geographic. It helped me a lot to understand the sensation that a baby has inside a womb. What sounds can someone hear and how can someone feel.
I was searching for artworks that deal with the womb and I found this one. I found it really interesting, so I wanted to post it here. I don’t think that it is correlate with the project that I am doing at the moment. The name of the artwork is “Casting off my womb” by Casey Jenkins. I found appealing feminist art pieces. I am not a feminist. I don’t like titles. I just believe that we are living in the 21st century and for a woman to have period is something natural. Our body liquids are natural.