Ithaca: upon every arrival
is a long durational performance/installation incited by the constant cultural flows dramatically increasing over recent years. In our personal lives, we move voluntarily or not through geographical areas for better opportunities, political reasons, our loved ones. In our creative lives, we traverse boundaries amongst fields, building bridges. Ithaca explores the process of integration into a new destination, which entails a redefinition of one’s image/identity and their relationship with space, time, their body and the others.
Five artists and four creative disciplines (choreography, visual arts, sound art and drama) unravel their individual timelines through phases inspired by Jacques Lacan’s “Mirror Stage”. The visitors explore the sequence of transformations that a person experiences upon arriving at her Ithaca, until the decision moment: “Is this where I aspire to be?”. The mechanism then starts over and upon every arrival (repetition) the artefacts produced, through performative apparatuses and human bodies, keep building up sculptural installations. Each visitor performs his/her own journey inside the installation. Every time the piece travels to be reperformed it adapts and evolves, responding to the new conditions: site, people and time.