Memi Koupa - Phenomena (Migration). Back
- Artist: Memi Koupa
- Theme: Μigration
- Axis: Axis 3
The insights and emotional reactions of the sociodrama participants’ as recorded and
presented through the ΤΤ8 platform provided enlightening input for the work showcased
Specifically, the role-playing process of each recorded session - the act of embodying Otherness - has inspired me to create a human-centric series of video art.
Furthermore, listening to the sonification of the sessions led me to choose a minimalist and more abstract visual approach, a tone of voice similar to that of the recorded sounds.
My focus is on the humans of Eleusis and their collective experience as citizens and
members of a community that is trying to recover from trauma and redefine an identity.
Looking through a lens of empathy as the subjects are being ‘reflected’ into each other, is at
the core of the work.
My first step in the creative process was to look at a variety of locations, that would convey
the storytelling with a single frame.
In every chosen location Eleusis is manifested not as the backdrop but rather as the
epicenter of the human experience.
Each video consists of a single composition – an objective shot, where a human procession
appears in the frame to tell its story through a simple gesture.
The camera looks at its subject from a distance but the gaze is not detached, it is definitely
inclusive. It becomes witness to the collective drama.
The switch of roles amongst the participants, which is a crucial aspect of the socio drama
process becomes the closing act in each video of the series.
Very early in the process, I felt that in every composition the human action should be
presented through a manipulated sense of time.
Not only because it would contribute to creating dramatic and emotional tension, but
mainly because it would also highlight our subjective experience of time – time that stands
still, time that moves too fast or too slow, time then and time now, a sense of time referring
to the different eras of history and our memory.
Time is the crucial element that reveals and connects like a living tissue every single
fragment of the existence of Eleusis in our collective unconscious.