10.000 Steps | Thodoris Pistiolas
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Every step, a sign. Every stop, a pause.
Every move, a change.
Jorge Luis Borges begins his lecture on the concept of metaphors with a Chinese proverb. The world is 10.000 things. The infinite multitude of things is further exemplified by this specific number, also known in ancient Greek as “myrioi”. A shared locus that seems to be able to encompass everything that defines our being and to which we all relate to some extent is cinema. However, and even though the questions we pose are common, our stories always differ. Thodoris Pistiolas’ installation at the Vorres Museum entitled 10.000 Steps, deals with the memory of things.
Our thoughts, our desires, our needs as well as our failures, are the starting point for a song in four parts which we are invited to recompose every time we traverse the space. A whole world both real and imaginary is enclosed in the idyllic setting of the garden, an integral part of the museum and a symbol of happiness. Throughout this very garden, at different spots, the interactive installation 10.000 Steps records our movement and transcribes it into sound. An evocation propelled by every single motion. A soundscape made of the constant and random interchange between musical notes and phrases spoken in films of the past 30 years emerges from the way we shift our position within the space as well as from the way our senses get activated by external stimuli. Memories and sentiments invoked by an array of movie dialogues broken into pieces that serve as a commonplace for our collective unconscious, only to remind us that everything that surrounds us is only one part of our eternal return to the world of remembrances; a fragmented speech to be constantly restructured. A soundtrack composed by the relation we build gradually with our surroundings as we let our steps get lost in the museum garden.
Thodoris Pistiolas is a visual artist and musician based in Athens. He received his Master’s Degree in Digital Arts from the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Université Paris 8 (2018). His practice oscillates between visuals and sound. His work has been exhibited in Greece and abroad including IHO, FLUX Laboratory, Athens (2019); In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer, Notus Studio, Athens (2019); Galet, Espace des Arts Sans Frontieres, Paris (2018), among others. He was a member of Allopix group that represented Greece in the Young Artists Biennale in Milan in 2015 with the performance Penduloop. He is currently collaborating with the Greek Contemporary Music Research Center “KSYME”.
Curator: Myrto Katsimicha
Opening: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 19:30
The installation can be visited on Saturday 20/7 and Saturday 27/7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, July 24, the artist will present a sound performance and the Museum will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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