MYTH, REALITY & VIRTUALITY: DISCOVERING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN
MELISSANI LAKE & IT’S MYTH WITH ART & TECHNOLOGY//
flier VICKY YIANNOYTSOSPersephone’s Plight – The Four Seasons of Migration.
Birth, Separation, Yearning, Return
Ionion Center for Arts and Culture – Kefalonia. September, 2012.
“Persephone’s Plight” is a multi-media installation with multiple film and video images drawn form over 20 years of filming between New Zealand and Greece.
Artists Vicky Yiannoutsos comments “’Persephone’s Plight’ is a new chapter in a body of work, which has been in progress all my life, where I continue to chose the moving image to express the complexity, confusion, richness and joy that comes from living between cultures”.
Since first visiting Greece as a young girl, Vicky has identified the myth of Demeter and Persephone as a metaphor for the migrant experience. This has underpinned her work, resulting in the shooting of the documentary “Visible Passage”, the beginning of its follow-up work “Scattered Seeds”, the feature film script ‘Kore”, as well as many stories, poetry, journals and letters. Translations have begun on the diaries kept by her father since his arrival in New Zealand, as well as letters between him and relatives, in Greece.
In classical terms, the myth embodies the cycles of the seasons-the phases of birth, death, their activity, their dormancy and the regenerative phases of their eternal cycle. For this artist, it is a metaphor for the 20th century migrant experience as expressed through the quartets of birth, Separation, Yearning, Return.
Like Persephone, abducted by Hades to the Underworld where she yearns to return to her mother, the migrant is abducted by the New World. Separated across the water, she and her mother yearn for each other. But, once Persephone eats the fruits of the Under world, she is irreversibly changed, as is the migrant when she partakes of the fruits of the New world. Though the Homeland calls, she can never permanently return – rather, she is destined to journey between worlds, and, like her mother, is trapped in yearning.
The generations that follow – the new seeds – inherit this yearning – this love of a distant culture – through music, language, food, dance and stories.
The exhibition was first mounted in Auckland, New Zealand, in July 2010. Nicolas Greanias (United States Consul in New Zealand) who attended opening night, described the work by “a serious artist with a strong vision”.
This month the exhibition will have its first ‘return home’ viewing at the Ionian Centre for Arts and Culture on Kefalonia, Greece. This is a long-time dream for the artist, who is delighted that the work has been ‘called back’ to Ionian waters, as most of the Greek filming was done on the nearby island of Kastos, her fathers’ birthplace.
“ I carry two cultures, two languages, two worlds.
I belong to both. I belong to neither.
I am Persephone, destined forever to journey between them”
Flutist and composer,Wilfrido Terrazas is one of Mexico’s most active contemporary musicians.
Wilfrido collaborates with composers,improvisers, performers and artists of all disciplines to create musical works that defy traditional listening and build unique and bold new sound worlds.
He is a member of the Mexico city based collective Egeneration Espontanea of Liminar ensemble and teaches flute at the conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia.
The music to be presented as World Premiere in the island of Kefalonia is based and created mainly with his love and thorough study on in Greek Civilization. The creative sound of running the centuries of Greek History, substantiating a perpetual primary and great musical firmament.
PROGRAMME Wilfrido Terrazas
Flute recital August 21 2012 at Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture
1.Thanos Chrysakis (1971) Eirmos II (2011)* Bass flute World Premiere
2.Mauricio Rodriguez (1976) Nimbuscirrus (2000)* Flute
3.Mario Lavista (1943) Lamento (1981) Bass flute
4.Thanos Chrysakis (1971) Eirmos I (2011)* Flute World Premiere
5.Panayiotis Demopoulos (1977) Weberiana (2012)* Piccolo and drum World Premiere
6.Nickos Harizanos (1969) Naiads (2011) Flute World Premiere
7.Wilfrido Terrazas (1974) Ithaca, Journey for a Flutist (2012)
Nine Pieces for Flute, Piccolo, Alto flute and Bass flute
World Premiere, work composed during the residency at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture
I. Exordium (Epilogue)
II. Calypso (Absence)
III. Nobody (Odysseus)
IV. Nausicaa (Sea)
V. Circe (Fog)
VI. Shield (Tower)
VII. Scylla (Charybdis)
VIII. Aeolus (Proteus)
IX. Hades (Tiresias)
WILFRIDO TERRAZAS, flutist
*Works written for Wilfrido Terrazas
This project is supported by the National Fund for the Culture and the Arts of Mexico
Proyecto apoyado por el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Programa de Residencias FONCA-CONACYT 2011-12)
//The stimulation of working in a community with other artists is essential for the purpose of learning and sharing creativity.
I wish for my work to have “absolute beauty,” that “oneness of form” that means that in a tactile sense, memory and physicality are one. I am compelled by that mysterious memory of flesh and material, of strange and forgotten events. I am influenced by Cy Twombly and his paintings that depict the Aegean Sea, the ships sailing to the island of Paphos and the mythical god Dionysus. I think that the flesh and blood in my paintings is of Dionysus, of desire, as well as of a tortured feeling of diminishment, or denial//.
Bryan Prillwitz M.F.A .Michigan State University
Diana Dudek through her project // A WORLD BEHIND// is leading to the wonderful world of ornamental creation,answering questions as:
//Is the absence of the ornament an indicaror of spiritual strength?
The adornment did, however, survive and took on a new form, – intellectual, poetical and visual … So surface ornament gained in depth.
Craig Dongoski at IonionCenter for the Arts and Culture July 2012
Art exhibition 11- 21 July 2012, official presentation 19 July 2012 , 21.oo , open invitation
// My plan is to produce drawings on terrestrial/geological samples of Kefalonia.
I am particularly interested in making drawings on top of photographs
of the earthquake in Kefalonia 1953//.
Here is my new link http://vimeo.com/m/36607683