A memory of, memory of, memory of

Sound installation and "making of" film

Do you ever think about everything we do as an echo of something?

Like how everything we’ve done is going to happen again and everything we’re going to do has already happened somewhere else. Like every action we take is a consequence of a thousand different actions and will result in a thousand more actions after it.

That every tiny, split-second decision we make could potentially have a vast profound effect on everyone around us.

Joe Barton (screenwriter)

In certain mountainous areas across the Mediterranean, villagers have inherited from their ancestors an ancient language that uses whistling as a means of communication. Originated as a way of messaging across mountains, this whistling technique can enunciate any word in any vocabulary in the world.  Using this ancient fascinating language, I first want to tell a story of echoes, memories and mortality set in Mount Olympus, the home of all ancient Greek gods.

 

A memory of, memory of, memory of  is a sound work in which a poem on Echo and Narcissus is being whistled. This poem is an assemblage of existing texts written by others such as Ovid and W. B. Yeats. By putting pieces of texts together once again I aim to raise questions on originality and interpretation.  By whistling the poem of Echo and Narcissus in Mount Olympus, one wonders if it is still possible to have an original voice or is one, like Echo, only able to repeat words, ideas and questions of bygone times. And to what extent does one, like Narcissus, reflect our own personal, social and political context, whenever one attempts to present interpretations of texts, sounds, sculptures, remnants from the past.

Whistlers: Panayiotis Tzanavaris, Giannis Apostolou, Kostas Giannakris, Panagiotis Bournousouzis.

 

Presented at 

Gods and Mortals at Olympus.

Curated by Amalia Cosmetatou.

Onassis Cultural Centre, New York. 

2016