Something about conscience, 2007

Something about conscience, installation view 2007, "In present tense" curated by Dafni Vitali, Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens 

Something about conscience, installation view 2007, "In present tense" curated by Dafni Vitali, Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) Athens 

 
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The sphere entitled, “Something about conscience (passage)”, has two eye-like holes for the viewer to peer through.  Within, there is a white concave interior with a round window through which you can see a moving image, which shows a man in space- a montage taken from the film Solaris directed by Andrei Tarkofsky.

The video clip shows the passage to the Solaris space station on the astronaut’s outward mission in pursuit of objective scientific truth. The journey, however becomes an inward one wherein the protagonist’s conscience entraps him.

The footage from the film has been edited whereby the crux of the protagonist’s passage to the space station is looped in order to create the effect of an unending journey inward.

An island in the peloponnese after the fires of 1980-2007

An island in the peloponnese after the fires of 1980-2007

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The second sphere,“Something about conscience (island)” has a round window 15x 15cm, Through which the viewer can look into its concave interior.  It is brightly lit from an internal light source. There is a small sculpture on the inside representing an island.

“Something to do with conscience (island)”, has to do with not being able to return to a beloved landscape, but at the same time, being unable to escape the memory of it.  The sculpture is about nostalgia for a place that no longer exists and alludes to a collective responsibility for its demise. It comments on the exploitation of the natural environment whose absence then becomes the subject of longing. This work, “something about conscience (island)” functions as a monument to a perfect pine forest island, which only exists in memory.