Video for Projection, 2 min 23 sec, 2013
The video is set in the Cyclopean Isles off the coast to Sicily. It was shot on Super 8 film edited together with found footage.
The Cyclopean are islands of volcanic origin composed of lava basaltic columns. In parts they strongly resemble the Giant's Causeway in Ireland and Fingal’ s Cave in the Isle of Staffa off the western coast of Scotland.
The video’ s narrative is based on the Greek mythology of Acis and Galatea. Galatea was one of the fifty sea nymphs, the Nereids, whose habitual residence is in the bottom of the ocean.
The myth tells that Galatea was in love with Acis, a beautiful shepherds. One day, the Cyclops Polyphemus in love with the nymph and envious of Acis, tries to draw her with the sound of his flute. Having failed in its intention discovered the couple of lovers, infuriated, he threw a huge boulder, which reached and killed Acis.
Galatea, at the sight of his love, she fell down on him starting to cry uninterruptedly. The endless tears of Galatea, transformed Acis into a beautiful river that descends from Mount Etna and flows in the stretch of beach where the two lovers used meet up.
The video’ s narrative is made by continuously splicing the Super 8 and the found animation. These visual juxtapositions were created considering the physical/sculptural quality of the stones and landscape portrait within the different footages.
The video follows my ongoing interest and investigation into ideas of nature and it’s merging with science, myth, legend and the mystical.