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”
The journal is one of the writer’s greatest tools. It can be a storehouse for ideas, a way to document of your writing process and a safe place to experiment and explore your creativity. This workshop will introduce various journaling techniques including using maps, memory, automatic writing and visioning. We will create new writing from eclectic source material. and be inspired by our environment’s geography and mythology. The Writers Journal is a hands-on, experimental and relaxed workshop. Whether you are an absolute beginner, on brink of a new project or facing writer’s block, this workshop will guide you towards results and new vistas.
– automatic writing
– generating ideas
– finding and keeping inspiration
About the Artist
Simmone Howell is the author of Everything Beautiful and Notes from the Teenage Underground
Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture
July 23-31, 2012
The process of understanding one’s anatomy and the experience of soul and genealogy of place involve a prying apart of the self to uncover the ever resonating essence of personal identity and biological genealogy. In this week-long workshop we will encounter parts of our Self through interaction with the natural environment of Kefalonia. Through holistic movement explorations based on the Holistic Gymnastics Ehrenfried method, as well as Butoh dance practice, participants will ponder questions and notions pertaining to belonging and root-identity, and articulate response through collective and individual creation and choreography to uncover and inform the relationships between the body and self, place, identity and belonging. The use of these two methods suggests the shape-shifting and somatic potentials that will come together and accrue specific meaning for all participating.
Ehrenfried Holistic Gymnastics is a movement approach bringing equilibrium via the intelligence of the body. It is based on simple movements, verbally suggested by the practitioner, encouraging proprioception and personal awareness. In turn, this exploration of movement enables the participant with musculoskeletal agility, aiding the body to liberate itself of automatisms and habits which can be a source of tension, pain, and compression. The repertoire of movements encourages active rest, joint alignment, mobility & muscle toning, all the while rhythmic breathing guiding the way movements are executed. Gradually, the internal organs regulate from the effects of rhythmic breathing; behaviour modifying itself in tandem with changes in physical habits giving way to the joy of movement and discovery of self. Butoh is a form of dance theatre originating in Japan out of the post-World War II era, partly as opposition to America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as in protest of Western materialism. Butoh work calls on the body’s work, its changing conditions through stillness and physicality, and linking one to the essential and raw experiences of physical and spiritual states.
The workshop will take place at the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture from July 23-31, 2012.
Every day: 9h-14h.
Maximum participants: 12
This workshop will be given in English.
Fee for the 8 day atelier 450 euros (due by day 2 of the workshop)
Day 8 will involve a site specific public performance.
The site and time is to be determined as we evolve as a group.
1 day drop-in participation is permitted exclusively on July 23rd. Cost is 75 euros.
Open to all. Please forward your name and contact information with a short bio and why you are interested in doing this workshop.
For furthers inquiries please contact the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture here.
Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement
Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture
September – October 2011
Autumn Patricia Ahn is an artist from Boston, MA, USA. She focuses on creating large-scale installations that utilize the architecture and localized narratives of a site. Her environments are often seen as shrines commemorating the influence of the communities surrounding her immediate physical site. Drawing on influences from her cultural immersion in Kefalonia as well as her study of theocratic societies–past, present, and future, she will create a site-specific “shrine” for the Ionian Center for Arts & Culture, aiming to communicate with the viewers through the narrative visual language often found in religious and ritualistic contexts. The installation will be on view & open to the public while it is in progress (on select days) and for the two-day workshop.
Ahn will instruct a class in making a traditional non-glue stitch binding book, using a technique called the “Long Stitch”. From beginning to end, the process will be instructed based on time, counting, and continual motion.
Photos of Autumn Ahn’s work
The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to announce and welcome Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski with the Drifters Project in Kefalonia island, between the 20th of July, and 1st August 2011.
About the Workshop
Pam Longobardi offers a 3-day ocean plastic art/science workshop.
“I will first educate participants about the dangers and problems of plastic pollution, its impact on wildlife, humans and tourism. We will locate the most plastic-impacted beaches and then perform a beach cleanup. Like forensic scientists and detectives, we will clean, sort and examine all the collected materials to see what we can learn.”
Participants will then assist the artist in the creation of artwork for her exhibition, learning about construction methods, including a large community ‘driftweb’ sculpture. Sound artist Craig Dongoski will work with participants recording their own stories about plastic, the ocean and the objects collected. Craig will then create sound sculptures for the exhibition with the participants voices playing throughout the space.
About the Drifters Project
In 2006, Pam Longobardi founded the Drifters Project, an environmental intervention project that documents and exposes the natural cost of the human convenience of plastic by looking at marine debris and its journey around the world oceans. In 2008, she began working with community groups to expand the scale and scope of project to new locales and creating collaborative public art. She has made dozens of collecting missions to Hawaii, Costa Rica, China and Italy, and US locations, organizing cleanups and community education at each site. She has created community-based projects in the following locations: Beijing, China during the 2008 Olympics with residences of a ‘trash village’; Nicoya, Costa Rica with students of Universidad Nacional, and in Greenville, SC, with high school art students.