Concept, modelling: Martha Dimitropoulou
Audio Composition, Video Editing: Stelios Giannoulakis
On a poem by: Jim Efthymiou
Voices: Nodlaig Guinan, Eftihis Patsourakis, Stelios Giannoulakis, Martha Dimitropoulou
Photography: Roberta Nitsos
The poem was read in Greek and English. The Greek rendition appears in the piece heavily filtered, cold and distanced. The English version is full bodied, clear and very involved, augmented with dramatic vocalisations. Using the paradigm of a male viewpoint to the man-woman relationship, the work is about the dynamic between the real and the conceived, between the customary or mundane and the eternal idea. While the verses orchestrated in various ways are interweaved in an evocative sound stream, the pictures are neutral self-portraits that show a day-by-day image of a woman changing clothes and facial expressions. Their direct style collides with the intensity of the sound creating an interesting discourse. Illusion is adorning reality. Penetrating the façade we try to touch the essence that filters through thoughts and sensations and we watch it warp unexpectedly not escaping the world of the body.
The work was premiered as an installation with looped audio and carousel slide projector in the disused Strand Underground Station in London (10-14 June2002). In a dark utility room with cables, pipes and a big fire door the piece was working on an additional plane, with claustrophobic, quasi-ceremonial or even interrogatory extensions. For the digitised version of the slideshow I repeated some of the pictures and spent a lot of time controlling transition speeds and synchronising them to the sound track. I also added extreme contrast, lightness and some extra features to them, in order to give an extra transcendental dimension.