During her research and practice, the artist produced a beautiful piece of writing. Τhe tex “THE ROCKS*'” is an extract from that piece of writing.
Τhe Rocks compose a set of steps for me towards Her. The voice of the sea is calling me like the creature of the BLUE. In the outline of her body the same stones look like the skin of the Orca wale. This imaginary skin is of the same creature which keeps me company during the winter time in Moby’s Dick story.
“I hold my breath before it accelerates, by now is two years.”
Her touch is warm and makes my soul smooth.The frame of my I-Phone catches the details of the rocks that look a landscape seen from the window of a plane. I get attached to Her, by Her song I am under her spell, I dare not to touch her today, I don’t know the impact of Him in my skin.
“He swam into he Mediterranean waters end, after living right beside Her. I wonder “Did he at any point, ask her, “Can I go back?” or he continued swimming in the pause/ θωργιά of the moment.
It is the voice of silence when I dive in her, the only thing I hear is my heart beat and the παφλασµός, the wind, the birds, the waves and of my thoughts and pencil as I write.
* “The Rocks” is an extract from the text “Πιο κάτω ο αέρας θα είναι πιο ταπεινός”/ “Hubble will be the air as you go down.” by Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki, 2016
During the residency, the artists Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki and Amalia Charikiopoulou organised 2 art workshops for the children that live in South Amorgos. The workshops took place in the elementary school in Arkesini, in South Amorgos. A 3rd workshop for children was organised, during the exhibition of the residency.
During the residency Maria Nikiforaki researched the theme of ‘falling’, which undertakes various meanings. The product of this research was a body of films with cinematic outlook as well as research attributes.
Maria Nikiforaki, Amorgos, 2016
“Being cut out from internet I decided to define words by my own imagination.That will explain why I didn’t look up the epistemological explanation of the fall.
The drive to fall and to fall in love.
What is the “fall” in love?
The search of the perfect fall and the failure is The most erotic act!
I also came to the conclusion that the things that are not said are highly erecting…
Talking about the route a diver can choose to dive in the water made me think of all these possible ways we fall in love when there is no gravity , the altitude and the sense of vertigo.
Although I have never fallen in love in a resolute way, neither have I consciously directed my movement , I made sure I swallow deep to keep the danger and
When I say why ‘him’
I know it is that ‘he’ reminds me the sense of self in this infinite landscape of human history and evolution cut away from unnecessary nonsense.
I know that after saying that I have to brush my teeth before bed so they don’t stain but the wind that blows wild outside my window by the sink is calling me like a wild meat eater animal that wants to feed after a week of unrest of no food.”
When Maria Nikiforaki was invited to participate in Wilderness_Amorgos Art Residency, she expressed her fascination with Amorgos landscpape. Maria has been intereted in the notion of falling and she has been investigating it in her previous performances and films. The notion undertakes a number of meanings. Ιn the work she produced during the residency she performed the action of falling, she created narratives and she collaborated with the people she encountered in the island.
The deep purpose of this work is to explore the “fall” in all its range of literal and abstract meaning. When I stand on a cliff, I feel a sense of gravity that pulls me down to dive and a sense of resistance that keeps me standing just imagining this action. This self, ready to dive and deciding to stay is the same self ready to make love, right at that emotional crossing point. Sensing ones self couldn’t be more ‘volcanic’ than when confronting the nature.