I Am Narrating Lost Memories Through Pinecone Structures
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. Through my PhD research, 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. The output of my research is the creation of situations in which actions can involve all kinds of materials. This means that I do not use all possible materials throughout my work, but it is important to have them in my palette. 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. Four main elements shape my practice through the creation of an interactive community. Pinecone Structures, Narration, Space and Society create an “ecosystem”, where disconnected materials or- bit as a single unity. I argue that Pinecone Structures is the concept that connects different types of matter; Narration is the umbrella that covers and gives a purpose to this network; Space is the volume, where the dialogue between the artwork, artwork’s materials and the Society takes place. This approach seeks to blur the borders between the disciplines.