Courtesy of Syros Sound Meetings
Courtesy of Syros Sound Meetings

26 July 2021, 21:00–24:00

Apollon Theater & Cyclades Labor and Employment Center / Kornilakis-Dendrinou Tannery, Hermoupolis

Peripheral Vision is an extended hybrid online and on-site workshop for filmmakers and artists focusing on cross-media interpretive strategies for audiovisual archives, moderated by filmmaker and Cimatheque co-founder Tamer El Said. Held in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Athen and in collaboration with the Cimatheque – Alternative Film Center in Cairo, Syros Sound Meetings, and the Historical Archive of Syros, the workshop has led to the development of the five short films, created by nine participating filmmakers: Theofanis Dalezios, Giannis Delagrammatikas, Elena Demetria Chantzis, Kamilla Gylfadóttir, Dimitra Mitsaki, Alex Morelli, Tram Nghiem, Joshua Olsthoorn, Ino Varvariti. Complementing the short films program, artists Alexandra Saliba and Anna Lioka present installations at the Cyclades Labor and Employment Center and the Kornilakis-Dendrinou Tannery respectively.

Τhe leader and participants of the workshop will engage in an open discussion with the public on July 23 (Hotel Ploes, 18:00).

SHORT FILMS PROGRAM

 

The Water Buffalo

Kamilla Gylfadóttir, Iceland, 2021, ≈16΄

Take a cloth and tie it over your eyes. Start walking counterclockwise in a circle. Imagine that you are able to repeat the same circular path again and again without ever stepping outside or inside the circle. Looping in familiar but obscure footsteps, just like a water buffalo.

Kamilla Gylfadóttir, The Water Buffalo
Kamilla Gylfadóttir, The Water Buffalo

The Other Moon

Dimitra Mitsaki, Greece, 2021, 11΄

Ιnspired by Oscar Wilde’s theater play Salome (1891), the film tells the story of the girl who transformed into the Moon, after posing repetitively one single question: What do you see when you look at her? The audiovisual materials are sourced from different archives, including the filmmaker’s personal collection of home movies, the Cimatheque – Alternative Film Centre in Cairo, the Rigopoulos Collection at the Historical Archive of Syros – GAK, Syros Sound Meetings, and NASA Image and Video Library.

Dimitra Mitsaki, The Other Moon
Dimitra Mitsaki, The Other Moon

All You Want is Greece

Alex Morelli, USA, 2021, 4΄

No European nation relies on foreign tourists as much as Greece. But when asked about new anti-migrant measures – concrete walls around refugee camps, ear-shattering acoustic devices along borders – Greece’s Minister of Migration explained they don’t want to “send the wrong message of incentivizing people to come.” With the help of a mysterious virus plaguing its Covid-free tourism campaign, Greece sends the message it intended all along.

Alex Morelli, All You Want is Greece
Alex Morelli, All You Want is Greece

Echoes, Breaks, Traces

Tram Nghiem, USA, 2021, 4΄

As Valentina Napolitano writes, “Traces signal the limits of representation; they are the materials of knots of histories at the margins, as well as auratic presences.” Departing from this, the film explores a reprint of found footage from the Cinematheque in Cairo (a reel of 16 mm. film found at a flea market) as media layered with unofficial histories, and the gestures of scratching as a form of investigation and re-making. Flowers and leaves found in the artist’s Toronto neighborhood are pressed onto strips of film, acting as a photochemical developer that metaphorically and practically give the footage another presence.

Tram Nghiem, Echoes, Breaks, Traces
Tram Nghiem, Echoes, Breaks, Traces

I Can’t Really Hear You

Elena Demetria Chantzis, Theofanis Dalezios, Giannis Delagrammatikas, Joshua Olsthoorn, Ino Varvariti, Greece, 2021, 29΄29″

A group of humans and non-humans in a telecommunication are aiming to process an archive that seems exploding and imploding at the same time. Difficulties of connection and communication combined with the complex layers of ungraspable meanings create an ambiance of embarrassment and impossibility. Swapping between different media, spatialities and temporalities, the ongoing conversation of this unusual group attempts to look into issues of power dynamics, representation, collectivity and accessibility. Slowly it becomes clear that the archive is everywhere, and that they are actually part of it. Facing its oppressive fundamentals they have to find a way to sabotage its logic. Can they? Are they (still) real? Can you hear me?

Elena Demetria Chantzis, Theofanis Dalezios, Giannis Delagrammatikas, Joshua Olsthoorn, Ino Varvariti, I Can’t Really Hear You
Elena Demetria Chantzis, Theofanis Dalezios, Giannis Delagrammatikas, Joshua Olsthoorn, Ino Varvariti, I Can’t Really Hear You

INSTALLATIONS

NAIAS – New Archive of Syros Humans and Stories
Alexandra Saliba
Participatory Archive in Progress (installation, community events, individual meetings)

New Archive of Syros Humans and Stories invites people related to the island of Syros, to harvest and archive their own memories, moving beyond typical archival practices and inserting into the archive feelings, senses, colors, personal narratives, untold or even invented stories, as well as other elements of subjective, ordinary, ephemeral, and fragile memory materials.

Alexandra Saliba, NAIAS – New Archive of Syros Humans and Stories
Alexandra Saliba, NAIAS – New Archive of Syros Humans and Stories

Recontextualized Ambiances

Anna Lioka, audiovisual installation, 15″ loop

Taking selected materials from the Cimatheque and Syros Sound Meetings archive, a new narration is created by reconstructing them into a new abstract form. The output of these processes creates an ambience that consists of both visual and sonic elements, where the discussion between these two different localities happens spatially, using these sonic and visual elements.

7. recontextualizing

Τhe leader and participants of the workshop will engage in an open discussion with the public on July 23 (Hotel Ploes, 18:00).

 

In cooperation with

Courtesy of Syros Sound Meetings
Courtesy of Syros Sound Meetings