[Eleventh Plateau Festival / Hydra's Historical Museum / 8 July-4 September 2011]
With the title Water-LC-Fire we attempt to depict/perform the dialectics between the elements Water/Fire.
The title refers to the great poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen, who spent some time of his life in Hydra and who is connected to the element of fire through a tragi-comic story: in his anger, he once cursed the house of the artist Nikos Hatzikyriakos-Ghikas (“I wish your house burned down”) because of a misunderstanding, and a few days later he saw it burning from a distance and thought it was because of his curse! (In reality, it was only a small field next to the house that had caught fire due to the caretaker’s carelessness).
The Creative Workshop FIXATIF WORKS (led by the visual artist Eleanna Martinou and the poet/author George-Icaros Babassakis) is preparing a complex project incorporating elements from painting, sculpture, poetry and philosophy. Motivated by the above-mentioned event in Hydra at the beginning of the 1960s – an event which is mentioned in Leonard Cohen’s biography – we attempt to reflect on the dialectics between Water/Fire.
We will present:
a] An event consisting of a representation of the dialectics between Water/Fire through sculpture in motion
b] A fictive wandering through the land, the sky, and the water of Hydra
c] A made up pseudo-document / «scrapbook» including pictures, manuscripts, plans, sketches, which will serve both as the Journal of the Water-LC-Fire project and as a means of contemplation on the meaning of Art today.
The Creative Workshop FIXATIF WORKS, which was established in the winter of 2010-11, aims at the creative study of the interplay among the Arts, the blending of Arts and Science, and the constructive discourse between Art and Philosophy.
P.S. The Creative Workshop FIXATIF WORKS draws its inspiration for the project Water-LC-Fire from the following position/document:
Note on In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
All of the film (with the help of the images, but also in the text of the "commentary") is built on the theme of water. Thus, one cites in it the poets of the flow of everything (Li Po, Omar Khayyam, Heraclitus, Bossuet, Shelley?), who all have spoken of water: it is time.
Secondarily, there is the theme of fire: the flash of the instant: it is the revolution, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, youth, love, negation in the night, the Devil, the battles and the "uncompleted enterprises" in which men go to die, dazzled as "voyagers who pass"; and the desire in this night of the world ("nocte consumimur igni").
But the water of pent-up time carries away the fire and extinguishes it. Thus, the brilliant youth of Saint-Germaine-des-Pres, the fire of the assault of the burning "Light Brigade" that drowned in the coursing water of the century when it advanced "under the cannon of time" . . . .
(Written by Guy Debord on 22 December 1977. Published in In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni: Edition critique (Editions Gerard Lebovici, 1990; Gallimard, 1999).
ELEVENTH PLATEAU FESTIVAL
The project Eleventh Plateau examines a meticulous kind of compositional practice in which the machinery of nature and the machinery of art become one, in eleven different “sites-terrains” in the Is/land of Hydra and Dokos ( Ancient Aperopia). With the collaboration of artists, architects, environmentalists, archeologists and community involvement an interdisciplinary practice and discourse on the subject of eco-aesthetics, ecosystems, landscape reconstruction and its meaning for traditional cultural heritage will be instigated.
Eleventh Plateau operates in‐between the realities and different layers of the island: the archeological past, contemporary economic culture, the excluded and the popular. The project is engaging meditation on landscape, zoology (animal/human interrelations), land art and shifts in the representation of nature.
Under The Auspices of The Greek Ministry of Culture & Tourism
The British Council
Mediterranean Education Initiative
For Enviroment & Sustainability
For more info please visit: http://www.outoftheboxintermedia.org/
Concept/Artistic Direction: Sozita Goudouna
Kate MccGwire | Danae Stratou | Mat Chivers | James P Graham | Augusta Ogilvy | Martin Sexton | Mischa Twitchin | Vladimiros Levidis | Evaggelos Kaimakis | Eleni Spiridaki | Kom.Post Collective| MediaElectronique | Eleanna Martinou | George-Icaros Babasakis | Filipos Tsitsopoulos | Yiannis Christakos | Dimitris Makris | Vital Space Projects | Fixatif Works | EDW | Room For Thought | Space Syntax
Scientific Associate/ Landscape Architecture : Architect Io Karydi Architectural Committee: Lina Dima | Thomas Doxiadis| Io Karydi | Patricia Sendin
Architects: Aristide Antonas | Maximilian Simin Vogels | Tamiko Onozawa| Thomas Amargianos | Andrea Marcuccetti | Alexandros Mykoniatis| Patricia Sendin | Valentini Kaimaki | Anna Lascari | Dimitra Stamatiou | Agape Proimou | Panagiotis Malefakis | Aspassia Kouzoupi | Athina Lazaridou
Production: Out Of The Box Intermedia
Production Associates: Emy Sotirchou | Christina Stribacu | Opus Integrated Communication
Consultants on Green Design: Busy Building