I am narrating lost memories through Pinecone Structures
"Pinecone Structures make all materials, beings and events interact with each other by being a part of the same play. This idea in practice leads to the creation of a mosaic with materials rather than a composition with people, objects, sounds and notes."
In the island of Corfu in Greece, there are four sculptures of pinecones hanging in the streets around Saint Spyridon’s church in the old town; these pinecones can also be found around the icons of the Saint inside the church. Pinecones are an ancient symbol, but in the case of Corfu, they reflect the unity in the society. In this case, pinecones work as a mosaic, pine nuts as tesserae (mosaic tiles), which can include different materials, organisations and forms of energy that co-exist in the city, while the city is the space where the dialogue between diverse types of tesserae takes place.
Being inspired by the above symbol, I propose Pinecone Structures as a new concept of creation for art organisations, where the symbiotic relationship between different media and kinds of materials, enables their equal utilisation to the artist’s practice. This transdisciplinary phenomenon makes all materials, beings and events interact with each other by being a part of the same play. This idea in practice leads to the creation of a mosaic with materials rather than a composition with objects, sounds and notes.
I create situations in which actions can involve all kinds of materials. This hybrid method of art creation brings together action and metaphors with transdisciplinary practices, by extending and connecting all the materials an artist can use. Pinecone Structures is a concept, which can be perceived and understood at the same time as methodology, epistemology and metaphor.
Narrating Lost Memories
"Narration is being used for re-imagining,
re-creating and sharing long forgotten family memories and stories of diaspora."
I argue that as Pinecone Structures is the concept that connects different types of matter; Narration is the umbrella that covers and gives a purpose to this network. This network can even include non-existing materials, such as ephemeral and lost memories. My practice creates an ecosystem, where Pinecone Structures and Narration orbit as a single unity in order to tell stories of family loss and imagine events I know very little about. Narration is being used for re-imagining,
re-creating and sharing long forgotten family memories and stories of diaspora.