"Depths Reconciled" @San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
A multi media installation on mapping for the show Demarcate @San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA, curated by Bay Area-based curators Donna Napper and Emily Fayet:
A three-dimensional map showing imaginary islands made with wires, inspired from the islands in the Aegean Sea, GR. Another layer of map is formed around the space, on walls and ceiling, by casted shadows of the wire-islands and the depths of the Aegean Sea, GR. Depths are taken from a nautical map that fishermen (my father included) use to go fishing and to navigate. A projection on a moving piece of mylar generates reflections, and, together with sounds, an immersive environment invites the viewer to become part of it, and relocate himself making his/her own journeys.
If interested, please visit: soundcloud.com/dimitra-skandali/loves-fears-and-hopes to listen to the 14:56' sound piece.
More about the show:
'Demarcate: Territorial Shift in Personal and Societal Mapping' brings together 14 artists whose work reflects the awareness of geographical territories and boundaries.
The artists explore various mapping concepts by incorporating physical maps as source material, or by taking inspiration from map imagery. Through works on paper, sculpture, painting, textile, video and performance art, the artists thoughtfully challenge not only what is visually associated with the idea of mapping, but they also address how shifting and eradicated territories signify an emotional, social, and political need to belong to a place.
The exhibition is a timely reflection of mounting contemporary issues, as communities around the world appeal to cultural tolerance and pluralism as well as environmental activism to confront profoundly sensitive subjects surrounding gentrification, globalization, nationalism, and war.
Featured artists include: Kim Abeles, Michael Arcega, Sandow Birk, Val Britton, Rob Carter, Tiffany Chung, Linda Gass, Matthew Picton, Alice Raymond, Lordy Rodriguez, Nikki Rosato, Kim Rugg, Fran Siegel, and Dimitra Skandali.
Duration of the show: February 28 - May 22, 2016
Dimensions of the piece:
H 12 x D 12 x W 21 feet